Trovix: because resumes typically suck

When it comes to literary merit, or even being honest, resumes have to rank pretty far down the list. "Responsibilities included interacting with customers on a daily basis and cleaning up used napkins" read a line from one of my first forays into the working world.

Trovix tries to take some of the pain out of the process of reading resumes by filtering them. The software breaks up resumes, structures the data and then hones in on keywords, educational achievements and streamlines the pile down to a few select candidates. The more an individual uses it, the more it becomes tuned to his or her preferences. The system will spit out a different pile of resumes for manager who tends to concentrate on academics, for instance, versus one that seems to like job titles.

Palm, Juniper Networks, Sanmina-SCI, and VMware all use the software. Other companies restructure resume too but it's time consuming. In India, some large companies discard resumes entirely and ask job seekers to fill out a standardized application. Infosys receives over a million resumes a year

The company is garnering a lot of interest from VCs. This week, it raised $13 million more from, among others, Granite Ventures and 3i. That brings the total raised to $18.25 million.

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