Formats for Your Internet Resume
Different resume formats offer the same information to potential employers, viewable with different kinds of software.
In addition to the traditional and still very useful word processing software format, e-mail and online resume posting often requires other additional formats. Recognize these formats by the file extension at the end of the file name (e.g. "*.doc" or "*.docx" for Microsoft Word documents, "*.pdf" for Adobe Acrobat formated documents, "*.txt" for plain ASCII text documents, etc.).
Just changing the extension does not change the format. To have a readable and usable file, save the file in the appropriate format with the appropriate software (e.g. Microsoft Word for "*.doc"), and the correct file extension will be there. Everyone should have their resume available in Microsoft Word format.
The most common Microsoft Word file extension is "*.doc". Avoid saving with the "*.docx" extension which may not be readable by older versions of Word.
There are 2 basic file formats for your Internet Resume. In the absence of any direction by the employer/recruiter, use these 2 methods in your on-line job search:
text format is very plain text (the file extension is ".txt," as in Mary-Smith-CPA-Resume.txt), used to:
- Cut-and-paste into the body of an e-mail message to send your resume to potential employers, etc. and
into the resume/profile forms on Web job sites and employer
format turns your resume into a Web page, viewable in a Web browser, and allowing you to
add bolding, color, and other special formatting for:
- Your personal resume Web page (be sure that it's a Cyber-Safe Resume to protect your privacy and identity!)
into the resume/profile forms on the Web job sites and employer
Web sites that allow use of HTML.
Both of these file formats are very common on the Internet, and, consequently, are usually also very reliable. Use them unless an employer/recruiter has requested a different format from you. See more detailed information below.
Note that PDF versions of your resume are not usually appropriate to submit to a resume database.
Formatting Your Internet Resume:
Start with the file you saved when you created your traditional printed resume, assuming that you have one. It is probably a Microsoft Word document, or it may be any other word processing program (e.g. WordPerfect, etc.). Hopefully, it presents you in the best light possible and has also been spell-checked and proofread very carefully.
format for e-mail
a Word document -
- Open your Word document in Microsoft Word
it as an ASCII text file >>
File > Save As > Save as Type: Plain Text (*.txt) or Text Only with Line Breaks (*.txt)
- Close the document and Word.
- Open Accessories > Notepad
- Open the file you just created
it up a bit with the techniques in ASCII
(but reliable) method -- the step-by-step process
This method usually works for documents from most other word processing programs, also.
- Quick method --
- Converting a Word document -
- HTML format
for a Web page --
(but less reliable) --
- Open your Word document in Microsoft Word.
it as an HTML file: see above, except select Save
as Type: Web Page (*.htm, *.html).
method -- use a software program like Dreamweaver or HomeSite to format your resume as a web page.
You will learn a potentially saleable (or at least useful)
skill with this method.
- Quickest method (but less reliable) --
How to Email Your Resume Safely:
- Avoiding the Spam Filters
- Making E-Mail Work for Your Job Search
- Smart E-mail Etiquette
- E-Mailing Cover Letters
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Online job search expert Susan P. Joyce has been observing the online job search world and teaching online job search skills since 1995. A veteran of the United States Marine Corps, Susan is a two-time layoff “graduate” who has worked in human resources at Harvard University and in a compensation consulting firm. Since 1998, Susan has been editor and publisher of Job-Hunt.org. Follow Susan on Twitter at @jobhuntorg and on Google+.