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 is not as widely used.
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 2008-Mary-Smith-CPA-Resume.txt), used to:
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:
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
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 --
- HTML format
for a Web page --
(but less reliable) --
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.
Your Privacy and Choosing a Job Site
for more information.)
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 and on Google+
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