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					Electronic resumes – dos and don’ts

There are two most commonly used methods for resume submission: uploading
your resume to the employer’s web site or to the resume bank, and e-
mailing your resume to the employer. Faxing or mailing your resume is
virtually an obsolete practice, because employers are heavily relying on
software programs that scan resumes for key words related to the
available positions at their organizations. However, printed resumes are
necessary for interviews. Thus, as professionals, we essentially have to
have two versions of our resume. While there are numerous resources for
composing a more traditionally formatted resume, many professionals are
not sure how to create electronic resumes that will get noticed. To help
you out, here are some dos and don’ts on

•     DO create a plain text file of your resume. While you want certain
items on your resume to stand out, you should still have a plain text
file (.txt file) of your resume. Most employers request a plain text
file, because they can run the file through computer software that scans
your resume for key words related to the available jobs. When creating a
text file, makes sure that you take the time to format the resume; check
spacing and adjust any lines of text that seem out of place.
•     DO follow instructions of your potential employer. If the employer
is asking that you send your resume in the body of the e-mail, do not
send them an attachment. Copy and paste the plain text resume you have
created into the body of the email; take the time to check for potential
formatting changes. Do not try to format the text by making portions of
your resume bold, or change the font size or type. While you may have the
email editor which allows for this formatting, your potential employer
may only accept plain text messages. Stick to the basics for a successful
transmission of your resume.
•     DON’T save your resume as a PDF. This file type is typically larger
in size, and is not very common for an electronic resume, that your
potential employer may completely discard your email.
•     DO test your electronic resume by sending it to a few friends via
email. Because they may be using different e-mail providers, or have
different software than you, they can let you know how your resume
appears to them. This will help you in uncovering and correcting
potential formatting problems, to assure that your resume is in great
form by the time it reaches potential employers.
•     DON’T make an assumption that including a resume in the body of an
email is the only information you should include in your message to your
potential employer. Even if the resume is copied into the email, you
still need to let your employer know a little bit more about yourself via
a cover letter. However, since you will include your address at the top
of the email, feel free to start your resume with a career objective
instead of including the heading with your name and address.