The most prepared job-seekers has multiple resume versions and formats. One of those formats you should consider is a Web-based resume. There are many reasons why a job-seeker should consider publishing a Web resume. Read our article A Web-Ready Resume Can Be a Major Advantage in Your Job-Search.
To help job-seekers who are Web novices develop and publish a Web resume we’ve gathered and organized these resources for you:
- Key Background Information
- HTML and Web Style Guides
- Color Resources
- Lots of Graphics
- Publishing Resources
- Internet Service Providers
- Another Option
- A Related Article
Key Background Information
There are basically three ways to create and edit a Web resume: completely from scratch using hypertext markup language (HTML) codes; converting a conventional resume into a Web resume using a word processing software; developing a new resume or modifying an existing resume using a Web editor.
Believe it or not all the many pages published on Quintessential Careers have started as WordPerfect or Word documents that have copied into Wordpad. In Wordpad we simply have added the HTML (Web publishing) codes and then uploaded the files unto the QuintCareers.com server. In many ways the method we use is the easiest and cleanest; but it is also the hardest if you do not know anything about Web publishing.
You can also use your word processing software (Word WordPerfect etc.) to convert the document file in to an HTML file. The one problem with this method is that the resume rarely converts perfectly to a Web resume especially if you have a very elaborate resume format.
Finally instead of developing your pages as we have or trying to force your resume into a Web version you might consider using one of many HTML publishing software programs (such as Netscape Composer which is free) that lets you design Web pages without having to know HTML codes.
The choice of Web resume creation method is yours; it really depends on your interests and tech skills. The resources we provide on this page should help provide you with all the basic resources you need to develop and publish a Web resume.
HTML and Web Style Guides
As with any document you create style is important. As you go forward developing your Web resume and other Web pages be sure and read these Do’s and Don’ts of Web Publishing.
Here are a few good HTML Guides:
- Using Basic HTML Commands to Develop a Web Resume
- The Bare Bones Guide to HTML
- A Beginner’s Guide to HTML
- Create Your Own Web Page
- HTML Code Tutorial
- HTML Goodies Home Page
- Introduction to HTML
- Introduction to HTML and URLs
- Web Publishing Online Resource
- WWW Help Page
And here are some good Web style guides:
- Crafting a Nifty Personal Web Site
- Style Guide for Online Hypertext
- Web Style Guide
- Yale Style Manual for Creating Web Sites
Looking for some ideas about color for your Web page? Check out these resources:
Lots of Graphics & Art
Here are a few good locations for graphics and art:
- Best Clipart.com
- Clip Art Warehouse
- Pambytes Free Web Graphics
- Windy’s Fashionable Page Designs
And here are some directories that offer links to other art and graphic Websites:
Wondering if your Web page is working properly? Check out one of these sites for URL/HTML and working link analyses:
Thinking about adding a counter to your site? Better check out:
Internet Service Providers (ISP’s)
Once you’ve designed your Web pages you’ll need a place on the Web to publish them.
Here are some resources for finding the right ISP for you!
- All Free ISP Directory
- CNET’s Ultimate ISP Guide
- The ISP Guide
- The List: The Definitive ISP Buyer’s Guide
If you do not want to mess with Web coding and finding an ISP we recommend this site Resumes365.com where you simply enter the text into a form and the site creates a Web resume for you — you receive a publicly available Web page with the text on it that you can give out to employers via email.
A Related Article
While this article relates more to starting (and then promoting) a small business Website the same concepts apply to developing your personal Website… so read this article: Dr. Randall Hansen’s Tips for Starting a Small-Business Website: 5 Steps to an Online Presence.
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