Optical 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 manner.
With 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.