Advantages of Web Résumés
By Pat Kendall, NCRW
Because web resumes are based on HTML (the same
coding language used to create Web pages) they offer a unique combination
of benefits you won't find in traditional formats and mediums:
Since HTML resumes are basically Web
pages, they can be viewed by anyone with Internet access, no matter
what kind of software or operating system they use. In other words,
there's no need to worry about file
conversion problems, formatting glitches, or the ubiquitous computer
HTML formatting provides a vast array of color and layout options.
When used correctly, these design features can dramatically improve
resume appearance and project an image that reinforces your candidacy.
With HTML, you can create virtually any style – whether conservative,
distinctively professional, or cutting edge. If your profession
is image-oriented, high-tech, or creative, this feature alone
makes the Web resume a worthwhile investment.
Web documents, HTML resumes can be linked to other HTML pages. The World Wide Web provides a perfect
environment to build an online
portfolio with links to creative samples, Linkedin profile, letters of recommendation,
graphs, photos, and so on.
The ability to expand the resume
beyond the immediate page – providing immediate access to examples
and supporting documents – is unique benefit that can't be duplicated
in other mediums. What's more,
printing and production costs for traditional portfolios can be expensively
prohibitive, but there are no printing costs when you "strut your
Unlike the paper resume, HTML resumes "reside" online
and they work full-time, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You
don't mail them, attach them, fax them, or e-mail them to anyone.
A web-hosted resume is continually available to potential employers,
recruiters, and networking contacts – even when your computer
is down or you're out of town.
HTML resumes not only look great, but they reinforce
your image as a cutting-edge candidate. If confidentiality is not
an issue for you, capitalize on the prestige of having a Web resume.
Make a "high tech" impression by including the URL (web address) in your traditional resumes, text resume, job search correspondence,
Linkedin profile, e-mail signature line, personal business cards, and so on.
In short, the Web resume's 24/7 accessibility and image-building capabilities make
them an ideal career-marketing tool for many job seekers. If you need
to project a web-savvy image and want to build a Web presence, consider
the advantages of a Web resume.
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