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Many job sites do not accept a PDF resume; they require me to fill in their custom fields. Other sites will attempt to parse a PDF into pre-defined fields but this process does a poor job of recognizing the field contents.

Is there a way that I can format my resume so that it parses well for job sites? Perhaps by including specific XML tags?

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closed as too broad by Joseph Wright Aug 4 '13 at 19:32

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This cannot be answered without posting link to a site that you're concerned about. As well, if you achieved some particular observations about the site behaviour, it would be nice if you added it to your question. – yo' Dec 27 '12 at 22:23
@tohecz the feature is ubiquitous among sites that host a resume, although implementation probably varies: here are some examples: LinkedIn, usajobs.gov, and monster.com – David LeBauer Dec 27 '12 at 22:40
Well, we'd really need to know what those parsers are looking for in a pdf, then we might be able to say if and how it can be implemented with *TeX. The question how these parsers work and what they're looking for would be off-topic for this site. – doncherry Dec 28 '12 at 6:15
@doncherry I am looking for something generic, although I don't know how the sites work. They seem to try to extract information like /education/institution/years/degree and /job/position/years/description, but i don't know the mechanics. Perhaps this question could be migrated? In the meantime, I will consider asking a question about how these works somewhere like superuser. – David LeBauer Dec 28 '12 at 6:56
@David You can flag your own question for moderator attention and explain the migration issue. I'm not 100% sure if Super User is the right page, though. Web Applications might be an idea. – doncherry Dec 29 '12 at 0:56

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