How 3DIQ Approaches Standardized Resumes

Parse and convert resumes into a standard format

What are standardized resumes?

When most people talk about standardized resumes, they mean candidate resumes that have been parsed and converted into a standardized format.

These resumes typically have a standard look and feel, including:

  • Standard font style and sizing

  • Standardized branding

  • Standardized resume order (summary, job history, and education are all in the same order).

Advantages of standardized resumes

Standardized resumes have several advantages over traditional candidate resumes. These include standardized branding and logo placement. This, along with a common layout makes it easier for clients to identify and review your resumes. They'll know what to expect from every submission, and a standard layout means they'll know where to look for important information on every resume. Finally, creating standardized resumes can help protect your candidate exclusivity. Removing contact information and other identifiers can make it more difficult for clients to avoid fees and hire candidates behind your back.

Disadvantages of standardized resumes

The biggest disadvantage of standardized resumes is the time (and technology) it takes to generate them. Most resume parsing engines use AI and Machine Learning technology to recognize common resume sections (such as education or work experience). Parsing technology can then pull those pieces out and rearrange them into a standard format. The issue lies in how ACCURATE these parsing technologies are, especially when your clients interface with these resume documents and make decisions based on their content.

In our experience, parsing technology needs to make further improvements before it's ready to replace standard resume documents. Parsed resumes can often exclude data that the parser isn't able to identify. For example, if a parser doesn't correctly recognize a past work history, it will exclude it from the resume. Parsing AI may also confuse work histories and education (if a candidate works at the University of Idaho, but attended the University of Tennessee, for example).

Finally, standardized resumes aren't able to reflect the personality of candidates. This can lead to resumes that look over-polished or fake to many hiring managers. In some respects, resumes should reflect the individuality of the candidate. Especially since many managers hire candidates based on things like culture and other intangibles.

How 3DIQ approaches resumes

3DIQ's goal is to create a hybrid interactive resume that takes the best parts of standardized resumes and integrates them with the best of traditional candidate resumes. As a result, 3DIQ resumes...

  • have a standardized order and branding on every profile link (your company logo, candidate name, and job title)

  • have standardized sections for submission notes, skills, attachments, recruiter contact information, and candidate resume)

  • retain the unique look and feel of the candidate's resume by having the option to display the original version of the document

  • have standardized options for client feedback

The result is a resume that has a standard brand, look and feel while retaining the personality of the candidate's resume.

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