It is difficult
to edit your resume web page without viewing it in a browser (or
two) to see how it looks. Once you have uploaded it to the Web server,
you should view it, again, to make sure that it still looks OK.
- Save your
HTML file somewhere you can find it (on USB drive or in My Documents
on a PC).
- You don't
have to be connected to the Internet to view your HTML file while
you are editing it because it is on your computer's hard drive.
- The software
that you are using to edit your HTML file can remain open while
you are viewing your file in the browser.
- If you have
either of the 2 most popular web browsers, Microsoft Internet Explorer and
Mozilla Firefox, or your AOL browser, view your resume in all of them because
they do interpret HTML inconsistently with each other. Internet
Explorer is the most popular by far, however, so be sure to check
your resume in IE.
- Open your
If you are not connected to the Internet, your browser may give
you an error message. Choose "work off-line" or a similar
selection if one is offered, and click "OK." Netscape
may tell you that it can't find a Web page; just click "OK."
- At the very
top of your browser's windown is a line that contains
a small logo for the browser and the words Netscape or Microsoft
Internet Explorer or whatever browser you have opened.
If you look at the top of your browser right now, while you
are still on-line, you should see the browser logo and the
words "Job-Hunt.Org: Viewing Your Personal Resume Webpage."
Note: This text is the text that you put between the <TITLE>
and </TITLE> tags in your HTML file's head.
- Just below
that line should be another line of text -- File Edit
- Click on
the word "File," and select "Open..."
or Open Page..." (depending on the browser).
- A dialog
box will pop open, labeled "Open" or "Open Page"
depending on the browser.
- Select "Browse..."
or "Choose File..." (depending etc.), and then
click through your computer's list of drives and directories to
find your HTML file where you saved it.
- When you
have found your HTML file, click on it to pull it into the dialog
- If you see
your HTML file's name in the little window in the dialog box,
click "OK" or "Open" (depending), and you
should see your resume appear in the main window of your browser.
- Recheck the
instructions on the Basic HTML
- Are all of
the "structure tags" there in the right order, opened
and closed correctly?
The Title of your Webpage (visible
to search engines
and saved as the name of the bookmark
This is the visible portion of your
- Do you have
any text in the file, in addition to the structure tags above?
Your resume text should be between the <BODY> and
</BODY> tags. If there isn't some text there, there
will be nothing to see.
your HTML file:
As soon as you
view your resume, you probably see something you want to change.
- Go back to
your editor (re-open it if you closed it).
- Make the
- SAVE THE
- Go to the
- Click on
the "Refresh" or "Reload" button on your browser.
The revised page will appear in the browser's window.
| If you
can't see the changes you made, you probably did one of two
the file without saving it, or
the file, but didn't click on the browser's "Refresh"
or "Reload" button.
When you have
your resume looking the way you want it to look as a web page (be
sure to make it cyber-safe first!),
you need to copy your HTML file to a computer that will make it
available to the Web, a "host" computer. Check with the
company that provides your access to the Internet (AOL, AT&T,
Digex, RCN, etc.) to see where and how to put your resume online.
Once your Personal Resume Web Page is online, it will have an electronic
address -- a URL -- and everyone will be able to see it, if they
know that address. Add that address to correspondence (both online
and offline) when you want someone to see your resume.
About the author...
Online job search expert Susan P. Joyce has been observing the online job search world and teaching online job search skills since 1995. Susan is a two-time layoff "graduate" who has worked in human resources at Harvard University and in a compensation consulting firm. In 1998, her company, NETability, Inc. purchased Job-Hunt.org, and Susan has been editor and publisher of Job-Hunt since then. Follow Susan on Twitter at @jobhuntorg.
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