Helpful Hints


  • Keep your resume brief (2 to 3 pages)
  • Use white or off-white quality paper
  • Do not use abbreviations or industry-specific jargon
  • Arrange the resume so it is pleasing to the eye
  • Avoid fancy fonts, exotic coloured paper, photographs and graphics
  • Always have someone proofread your resume

The Internet, Scanning, and Your Resume

Where job ads used to indicate "mail or fax a copy of your resume", you now find that many are requesting candidates to e-mail a copy.

Many people think that you must develop a different resume from the one you have prepared to send via traditional mail. This is untrue. You are not creating a different resume, you are merely altering the presentation format.

Internet Complications

Software Incompatibility. This could mean the difference between your resume being read or not being seen at all by a hiring company. If your resume cannot be downloaded properly, it will not be seen and you have no chance of an interview.

Things to keep in mind If you send your resume via email.

  • Unless otherwise instructed, include a cover letter and be sure to note why you are contacting this person
  • Send the resume and cover letter in one email message
  • Use the job title and/or noted reference number as the message Subject
  • If you have found several good job listings at a particular site, consider registering your resume there

Why Worry About an Internet Resume?

  • It's the fastest way to contact a potential employer or networking contact
  • Posting your resume in a database online for more exposure will be easier
  • Many sites allow you to build your resume on their pages by cutting-and­ pasting it into a form they provide. Having your resume in plain text means you will be able to do this quickly and easily

Posting Your Resume on a Bulletin Board

For some people, posting a resume on a bulletin board has been a great way to get work. For others, there is the fear that someone will get their home address or that certain unwonted people or organisations might find their resume. If control and confidentiality are a concern, here are some things to think about.

Do you want your resume public?

  • Once you have posted it, consider it a public document and out of your control. Anyone can look in the public databases and see what is there.
  • Even the private resume databanks do not always let you dictate who can and cannot look at your resume.

Consider hiring a post office box and a voice mail account during your job search.

Check the confidentiality of the service where you are placing your resume.

  • Who can get access to this database? How is that access granted?
  • Will you be notified if your resume is forwarded to an employer?

If the answers to these questions make you the least bit uncomfortable, consider another service or consider not posting.

Once your resume is listed, can it be updated at no cost?

Some services let you post your resume at no cost, but they charge for updates. You don't want an old resume out there, and you don't want to pay for updates. Look for an unlimited number of updates, even if it is only to correct a typo.

Will your resume be deleted from the databank if you don't update it?

You don't want an old resume out there, and if you find employment, you don't necessarily want to be getting calls from other employers.


Conclusion


In today's job market, the resume is an important tool for anyone looking for work. Just as a job search is a sales campaign, your resume is your sales brochure. More than a summary of your skills, experience, and education, it is an advertisement of your best. Your resume should make you stand out from the competition.

You will want to continuously work at keeping your perfect resume up-to-date. As you grow, your resume should grow with you: its development should mirror your personal and professional development.

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