Online resumes don’t necessarily read the same way print resumes do, so you’ll want to check your resume, and perhaps even make a few changes, before sending it out electronically.
For example, it’s okay, and even advisable, to use jargon in your online resume. Employers use key words to conduct a search, and as you can imagine, no one ever searches for anything so vague as “managed,” “developed,” or even “sales” or “profits.” In your online resume, make sure you put your computer and language skills—any hard or technical skills, actually—right up front.
You might even consider listing three or four key words at the top of your online resume. Choose words you would use if you were an employer conducting a job search for someone with your qualifications.
There are also some things to keep in mind if your resume will be scanned into a computer.
- Do use white paper. Other colors can look murky and, worse, are hard to read.
- Do supply originals of your resume, not copies.
- Don’t use a dot-matrix printer.
- Do use at least 10-point type.
- Do use standard 81/2-by-II-inch paper.
- Don’t fold the paper. The contents of that line will come out blurry.
- Don’t use fancy script or italics. These confuse the scan
- Don’t use bullets or other type devices. In fact, even lists can be risky. They sometimes run together when an online resume is transmitted.
- Don’t use columns. Optical scanners don’t read them well, either.
Contacting the Resume Databases
If you’re ready to explore going online, the two big resume databases are:
Job Bank USA. Phone: 1-800-296-1872
SkillSearch. Phone: 1-800-258-6641
Smaller (with only about 4500 resumes) but equally efficient:
National Resume Bank. Phone: 813-896-3694
To get you started, all the services will send you an information packet and application form.