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Tips for Online Resumes

Twenty years ago an online resume was a foreign term to jobseekers and recruiters. In 2010 you’ll find yourself left in the past if you’re not prepared with an online resume. Having a resume that you can email, that is housed on a personal website, blog or in a database is crucial. With more jobseekers in the market than ever before recruiters use technology to its fullest potential to help find candidates. For the jobseeker there are small mistakes you need to watch out for regarding your online resume. These mistakes may cause your resume to be lost in cyber space or overlooked when employers perform searches. Below we’ve listed a few tips to help you prepare and utilize your online resume to its fullest potential.

  1. Have your resume in a format that can be widely accepted. For example Microsoft Word 97-2003 (.doc) format. Not all systems are equipped to open the newer .docx format or even an Adobe PDF format. This also includes older programs such as Microsoft Works; it is becoming increasingly incompatible with many operating systems.
  2. Save your resume with a title that identifies whose and what it is. For Example J_Smith_Resume.doc. Employers can receive hundreds of resumes each day and it can become confusing when each one is titled myresume.doc.
  3. When emailing your resume to a recruiter or company for a position, be sure your online resume matches the position you’re applying for. For example customize your objective statement to mention the company and position. Be sure to modify this each time you email your resume for a different position.
  4. When uploading your resume to a database or hosting it on a personal webpage make sure it is generic enough that it shows all of your potential, so that you do not exclude yourself from opportunities.
  5. Don’t rely on your spell checker alone. Do a thorough check and have someone else look over it as well.
  6. Update your resumes that are in databases every three to six months, if not more often. Many systems log when you last edited your resume and make that visible to employers. Employers typically don’t look at resumes older than 90 days, so making small changes could keep your resume at the top of the list.
  7. When emailing your resume send it to one person at a time. Take time to personalize the message along with the resume to mention the specific reasons you want to work with the company and in what role. Don’t try to save time with generic messages and blast emailing.
  8. Include key words in your resume that you see in job descriptions you’re interested in. Keywords are how employers find your resume when conducting a search. They are typically looking for terms that match your skills to the requirements in the job description.
  9. Always include you contact info on the resume. Do not assume that that since you provided your name, address, phone number and email when you created an account with a database service that it will be visible to the employer. Include your contact info on the actual resume so employers can contact you if interested.
  10. When your job search is over, remove your online resume from places you’ve had it advertised. You don’t want to run the risk of your new employer finding your resume and thinking that you’re looking to jump ship so soon.

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