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HR-XML Consortium XML Resume Specification

HR-XML Consortium Approves New XML Resume Specification

Versatile Specification Makes Resumes Easier To Search, Index, Match, and Manage

Raleigh, N.C., USA. May 14, 2002.

The HR-XML Consortium, the global non-profit organization dedicated to creating data interchange standards for human resources, has approved a new XML resume specification. HR-XML's Resume 2.0 specification will enable a range of innovative new applications and services that will benefit job seekers as well as employers.

"Today, employers are drowning in sea of unstructured resumes, which are difficult to match against business requirements," according to Chuck Allen, Director, HR-XML Consortium, Inc. "HR-XML's versatile, but structured XML Resume format, has great potential to change the search for qualified employees from a shot-gun approach' to a targeted exercise. Likewise, structured resumes may give job seekers an opportunity to more effectively communicate their unique abilities to potential employers," according to Allen.

The Resume 2.0 specification represents a substantial improvement over the resume definition included in HR-XML's Staffing Exchange Protocol 1.1. SEP 1.1 was defined using Document Type Definitions (DTDs). Resume 2.0 is defined using the World Wide Web Consortium's more powerful and flexible XML Schema Definition Language (XSD). This makes the Resume 2.0 specification more modular and extensible than the prior DTD-based version.

Resume 2.0 has already been incorporated within HR-XML's Staffing Industry Data Exchange Standards (SIDES, see The Employment History, Education History, and Military History modules within Resume 2.0 also are shared with HR-XML's new Background Checking specification. In addition, the Resume specification will be part of a future XSD-based version of HR-XML's Staffing Exchange Protocol.

"HR-XML's Resume 2.0 has tremendous applicability to the hiring management cycle -- particularly in recruiting, intake, screening, and candidate selection processes," said Kathi Dolan, Research Analyst, Manpower Inc. "Having a standardized way to communicate an individual's history and qualifications both internally and externally provides concrete benefits for everyone involved," according to Dolan.

"Resume 2.0 is an integral part of HR-XML's forthcoming Version 2.0 recruiting and staffing specifications," said Nicholas Scobbo, HRIS Analyst, Mitre Corporation, and chair of HR-XML's Recruiting and Staffing Workgroup. "HR-XML's Resume specification should go a long way in helping companies deal with the multiple sources and formats of resumes and in increasing the efficiency of recruiting systems and processes," according to Scobbo.

To register to download the freely available specification, visit

Membership within the HR-XML Consortium is open to HR professionals, vendors, consultants, and other users or providers of HR systems and services. For information on becoming an HR-XML member, please visit

About HR-XML

HR-XML ( is a global, independent, non-profit consortium dedicated to enabling e-commerce and inter-company exchange of human resources (HR) data. The work of the Consortium centers on the development and promotion of standardized XML vocabularies for HR. HR-XML's efforts are focused on standards for staffing and recruiting, compensation and benefits, training and workforce management. The Consortium has a membership of companies represented in 22 different countries.


For more information, contact:
Baxter Peffer
Krome Communications
Tel: +1.412.471.0840


Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See "HR-XML Consortium"

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