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Character Recognition (OCR) was developed in the 70’s by
Ray Kurzweil, a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Although Mr. Kurzweil’s intent was to develop a machine
(known as the Kurzweil Reading Machine) to help visually
impaired individuals read printed materials, OCR technology
has since become indispensable in modern business.
speaking, what OCR means to the modern job hunter is that
initially a computer, not a human being, will be scanning
the resume for appropriate content.
Since machines are not impressed by font styles and
other formatting enhancements, content is all-important,
as is the presentation of your document in a scanner-friendly
computer technology changing daily, "scanner-friendly"
may mean a document stripped of all formatting and enhancements,
or one that bears some formatting that can be read by the
more modern software.
regardless of which format is used, content is still essential,
beginning with keywords.