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Electronic Resumes
   ASCII File Formats
   ASCII Plain Text format
   ACSII Rich Text format
Scannable Keyword Resumes
E-mailing Resumes
    E-mailing your resume directly within the body of the e-mail message
    E-mailing your resume as an attachment
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Electronic Resumes

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 employer’s 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 Interchange)
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.

ASCII 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).

Scannable Keyword Resumes
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 database.
“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 from www.provenresumes.com).

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
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