Generally, I do not use an accented e in the word “resume.”
The accented e in resume is intended to show how the word is pronounced: res-u-may, not re-zoom. While the accented e is correct, it is also considered a symbol in word processing systems like Word and WordPerfect. That’s where the difficulty arises.
Some computer programs have a problem reading symbols. Those programs include the Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) that companies depend upon to review resumes electronically. Instead of the word “résumé,” those programs see something like “rqsumq”—not what you want at all.
Hiring managers expect Applicant Tracking Systems to sort and store documents by keywords. The systems must be able to find the words to sort them properly; symbols throw them off. It’s important to use words in your resume if you want the computer to find it and recognize you submitted it. So drop the accented e and write “resume,” not “résumé.”
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