Magazine article Work & Family Life

A Whole New Set of Rules Applies to E-Resumes

Magazine article Work & Family Life

A Whole New Set of Rules Applies to E-Resumes

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On the job

Emma complains, "I worked so hard to make my resume look good on paper. I just hate to send it online." But these days more and more employers are asking for e-resumes.

Online recruiting has become a time and money saver for many companies, but it doesn't follow that your e-resume can't look good or get special attention. You'll just need to leave some of your old ways by the roadside when you use this new medium. Here are some suggestions: Avoid the use of bolding, italics, bullets, arrows and other symbols. This was the old way to catch someone's eye. But your special formatting commands or, on some computers, the use of "option keys" are likely to produce gobbledygook on someone else's computer. Stick to plain text files or the generic web language called HTML. Use a basic font such as Courier or Times and place your text "flush left" on the page.

It's best to be concise, but you don't have to make your resume fit on a page. On the Internet, page length isn't an issue. …

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