Resume Vehicles for the Online Job Market
By Pat Kendall, NCRW
been at it for awhile or are just starting an online job search, you
may have some nagging doubts about your resume. Is it up to par? Does
it include the right keywords? Will it get employers' attention? On
top of that, the Internet has complicated things further by spawning
multiple electronic resume genres:
If you want to
actively promote yourself in the wired job market, you'll need to
learn what kind of eletrinic resume file (in addition to MS Word) will work most effectively for you.
Text Resumes: The Ugly Duckling
ASCII (pronounced Ask-ee), is non-formatted,
"universally-compatible" text – the format of choice for large
companies that process resumes electronically. Many employers who
post online ads specifically ask for ASCII (or plain text) resumes.
If you ignore a company's request – and try to circumvent the
system by sneaking in the MS Word version of your resume – your
qualifications may never be seen by your intended audience.
In short, ASCII
resumes' compatibility with electronic resume processing systems make
them very desirable in "high volume" arenas where speed and ease of
processing are more important than aesthetics. On the downside, ASCII's
complete lack of visual appeal may seem counterproductive in situations
where image and design are part of a candidate's stock in trade. However
– and this is critical – when employers request a text
resume, send them a text resume and don't fret over its appearance.
Remember, everyone else's ASCII resume is ugly too.
ASCII Text Sample
Format (PDF) looks exactly like your original word-processed file.
Unlike word-processed resumes, PDFs are compatible with all computer
systems and printers with no formatting glitches.
cannot easily be edited or modified. While their use is increasingly
common in job searching, PDF files can only be viewed by those who
have a (readily available) PDF reader.
- PDFs can be
downloaded and printed from a web resume or online portfolio
- PDFs can be
attached to e-mail (send only when requested)
need a PDF-formatted resume will depend on several factors. You
will need this format if 1) potential employers ask for it, or 2) your recipients are have difficulty opening your MS Word file.
Caution: Do not send a PDF file unless an employer specifically
Keyword-searchable Web Page
For job seekers who want their resume to function as a personal marketing tool or a visual showpiece, an attractively-designed Web-resume (formatted like a
web site) is worth considering. HTML offers a plethora of color, design, and navigational features
that are not available with traditional formats.
course, no one can predict what the future will bring, or what new forms
resumes may take as technology evolves, but one thing is for certain...
Resumes will continue to evolve along with the technology-driven job
Your resume – and any additional information you provide on paper or through consultation –
is considered confidential and private. Names, addresses, and e-mails of clients
and prospective clients are "private" and not sold or traded.
Pat Kendall, NCRW
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