ALEX CV / Resume Parser

HireAbility ALEX CV / Resume Parser


ALEX CV / Resume Parser can process CVs, resumes, and cover letters in real-time through our quick and simple web service interface. ALEX can also process those documents in bulk via email or FTP. ALEX accepts resumes that are embedded in the email body or sent as attachments.

ALEX parses resumes in numerous formats including but not limited to the most popular:
Microsoft Word (all versions)
PDF (including OCR files)
Open Office
Microsoft Excel
HTML (all flavors)
Plain text
Social Media profiles

What happens during parsing

After converting all incoming data into UTF-8 text by using HireAbility’s ALEX Text Converter, ALEX parses and tags all the relevant data.

Here is a list of some but not all of the data ALEX parses out of resumes:

Candidate’s Name: Prefix, Given Name, Middle Name/Initial, Family Name, Suffix, Nickname, Formatted Name
Address: Street Address, City, State/Province, Zip/Postal Code, Country
Email Address
Web Site Address
Telephone Number(s): Work, Home, Mobile, Pager, FAX, Formatted, etc
Objective/Cover letter
Citizenship/Visa Status
Qualifications/Executive Summary
Experience: Company Name, Position Title, Job Description/Summary, Dates, Industry
Education: School, Degree, Major, Minor, Grade, Honors, Dates
Skills: Skill, Total Years Used, Year Last Used
Security Clearance/Polygraph
Publications: Articles, Books, Speaking Engagements, Conferences, etc.

Output Data is optimized for profile matching (optional)

After ALEX identifies the data in the resume ALEX applies semantic matching techniques to standardize and optimize the Skills (Competencies), Job Titles, Dates and Locations. The Intelligence module is optional and fully customizable. ALEX optimizes Skills (Competencies) and Job Titles to be used later for in-depth matching between candidate profiles and job orders/postings as follows.

1. Validation ontologies associate various permutations of skills and job titles with a standardized, “valid” term from HireAbility’s ontology of skills and replaces “raw” terms with semantically “valid” skills and job titles. HireAbility has compiled an extensive skills and job titles ontology for term validation while at the same time using ALEX’s ability to semantically match sibling terms. A client defined taxonomy can also be used instead or in addition to HireAbility’s ontologies.

2. Hierarchies identify semantic parent/child relationships between skills or job titles. Hierarchies (ontologies) further enable users to identify and match skills that are not specifically listed in a resume. For example, AIX, Solaris, HP-UX, Linux, Ultrix, and others are children of the parent UNIX. With Hierarchies option enabled, ALEX would return “UNIX” as a skill when one of the children of UNIX was identified (for example, AIX). Skills can have multiple parents and multiple levels of parents. For example, the skill ABAP has the parent SAP, which in turn has the parent ERP.

Social Media Profile Parsing

ALEX CV/Resume parser supports Social Media CV, profile and Business profile parsing. The growing list of Social Media profiles includes LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter profiles.


While conforming to HR-XML standards, ALEX’s XML, CSV and JSON output is fully customizable to fit your specific needs. ALEX can be configured to return all data or any subset of the data. New tags can be added if so desired.

What happens after parsing is done

ALEX can process resumes and CVs in real-time. Results will be returned to you in the form of HR-XML or JSON data string.

ALEX can process resumes and CVs from a specified email box. In this case the HR-XML or JSON data strings are available on our servers awaiting your retrieval.

Your CV / resume data is never stored on our servers.

Free Trial

Our FREE CV / Résumé and Job Order / Job Description parsing trial includes 20 parses and is valid for 30 days.

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Ask Us About:

  • Semantic Searching and Matching capabilities

  • Batch & email processing

  • Language support

  • Customization

  • OCR capabilities

Contact Info

+1 (603) 432 6653

+1 (603) 432 6653