First-time Internet Job-Hunter Needs Help with Electronic Resume Submission


Cathy writes:
For the first time in 23 years I am conducting a job search that includes the
Internet. I understand the importance of having a resume in text format to
submit where requested.
I am also hearing that most recruiters employers etc. prefer resumes now be
submitted electronically. Is this true? Maybe it’s the old-fashioned marketer in
me but my tendency is to search the web for jobs and then send my resume the
traditional way by mail so I can differentiate by different fonts paper style
appearance-related factors. Could this be working against me?
If so even when I am asked to attach my resume as a Word document I fear that
various PCs will alter formats fonts and spacing — so it’s back to the plain Jane text
or is it?
The Career Doctor responds:
While I totally agree with you about the power of print resumes I have to sadly
state that their influence in job-hunting is definitely on the decline. Job-seekers
will still need these documents for job fairs interviews and a direct-mail campaign
but because the Internet has so dramatically changed how we search and apply
for jobs you know need to focus on having a text resume.
Employers want text resumes — especially electronic versions (submitted online
or via email) — because they can easily deposit every resume into a massive
database and then use keywords to search and find the resumes that most match
their needs.
Text resumes are almost completely void of any style — and when printed they
can look pretty ugly.
So not only are resume formats changing but so is the content. As you work on
your electronic resume you must be focused on keyword and keyword phrases
for your occupation and industry. Where we often avoided industry jargon in the
past now we embrace it. Of course accomplishments are still extremely important
but you must now also try to phrase them the way you think a hiring manager
might conduct a resume database search.
One final thought though. I always recommend — when possible — to follow-up an
emailed resume with a formatted resume sent through the mail. I think job-seekers
who use this combination approach have an edge over those who do not.
Read more about electronic resumes in this article on Quintessential Careers:
The Top 10 Things You
Need to Know about E-Resumes and Posting Your Resume Online
. And for a
quick review of resume-writing you might want to review this article:
Avoid These
10 Resume Mistakes
.