One of the advantages of job searching on the Internet and applying
online is that the information is accessible 24 hours a day.
Also it shows an employer that you have the computer skills that companies
are looking for.
When you apply for a position, always follow the employers
instructions on how to submit your resume. Pay close attention
to specified formats for electronic submission. And always
spell check before sending your cover letter and resume.
To capture the interest of the reader as quickly as possible, the
most important information of the resume has to be in the top 1/3
of the first page.
Electronic resumes include scannable keyword
resumes, e-mail resumes,
online resume application forms
and web resumes.
ASCII File Formats
(American Standard Code for Information
Most computers and computer software are able to recognize
ASCII Plain Text format; this format is commonly used on the Internet
to transfer data across computer networks. This plain text"
or "text only" file is identified by the .txt file extension.
Generally, it has been suggested that this type of format does not
require specific software to be read.
Plain Text format
Plain text with no formatting:
- sans Serif Font (Arial, Helvetica)
- font size 10-14 pt
- left aligned
- no formatting features such as bold or italics
- no vertical or horizontal lines
- no tabs, columns, graphics, shading, boxes, borders
- no bullets but dashes (-) or asteriks (*)
- CAPITALS to emphasize text
For an example of an ASCII Plain Text resume, visit
ACSII Rich Text format
The ASCII Rich Text format (identified by the .rtf file
extension) allows you to implement fancy formatting options such as
bold, underline and bullets. This format is compatible across word-processors.
However, keep in mind that not all submissions in rtf format are readable.
If you are not sure of whether the receiver's email system supports
attachments, it is best to avoid Rich Text and submit your resume
in Plain Text (reference www.eresumes.com).
A scannable keyword resume is a scannable resume with a keyword summary.
When electronically scanned, your resume will be read by OCR (Optical
Character Reading) software into electronic data and stored in a resume
When an employer is ready to hire someone, he
can specify the type of experience, skills or education needed for
a particular position. This information is then used to sort all the
resumes in the employer's databank. Any resumes that match are selected
and printed. Key job titles, skills, areas of experience and education
are some components that can be extremely important in having your
resume sorted and pulled form thousands of scanned resumes."(cited
To ensure that your resume will be noticed in the selection process
you have to include the keywords that are relevant to the position.
In a keyword resume you have to use nouns to emphasize your skills,
education, work experience and achievements (e.g.Computer Engineering,
B.S.Degree). Use keyword synonyms to maximize matching keywords (e.g.
Manager, Supervisor). Also use buzzwords, common acronyms and non-abbreviated
acronyms(e.g. MS-Office, Microsoft Word).
Adding a keyword summary, preferably at the beginning of your resume,
is recommended for all resumes because it provides a concise summary
of your qualifications for the employer.
For and example of keywords, visit www.eresumes.com/tut_keyres_examples.html
For an example of a keyword resume, visit www.eresumes.com/tut_keyres_seeker_thomas.html
Because many OCR programs are unable to read special characters (such
as underlining, italics or bullets), a scannable resume should be
in ASCII Plain Text format. Emphasize features of your resume by creating
blank lines between each reference.
When sending your scannable resume through regular mail, always send
crisp copies, preferably laser-jet printed on quality paper. Do not
use staples (ensure your name is on all pages of your resume) and
do not fold the pages because that will disturb the scanning process.
For an example of a scannable keyword resume, visit