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Tips for getting your online resume noticed

There is a difference between a paper resume and an online resume in readability. Here are some tips for getting your online resume to stand out.

Some people make the mistake of just copying and pasting their hard-copy resumes into an online format. It's better to consider an online resume a different animal and take advantage of some benefits that it offers.

Use bulleted lists

This holds true for paper resumes as well, but large blocks of text are even harder to read online. People tend to scan content online more than they do in hard copy. (Trust me on this -- I can't tell you the number of times people comment on my blog after completely failing to read the introductory paragraph in which I offer perspective for the bulleted list that follows.)

Break text up with headers

Headers make resumes more scannable and make keywords stand out more for the reader.

Hyperlink text

A lot of people will place a URL (for example, of an article they've written) in parentheses after they cite the title. The best thing to do is hyperlink the title itself to save the reader some trouble of copying and pasting the URL into a browser. It also helps with readability when the hyperlink is embedded in the text.

Put the most important stuff on top

This, too, holds true for paper resumes. In the case of online resumes, "on top" means the area that is visible onscreen in a web browser before the reader has to scroll. I know, I know, I'm making the page scroll sound like some herculean task for whomever is reading your resume online, but when people are pressed for time, the less they have to do, the better.

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Toni Bowers is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and is the award-winning blogger of the Career Management blog. She has edited newsletters, books, and web sites pertaining to software, IT career, and IT management issues.

3 comments
resumetips
resumetips

Let us not forget to just include the most related work samples you had and the best that you think you can be proud of.

timalibone
timalibone

If your posting your CV on line for employers/agencies to search through, they use software to look through the cv's using the number of times key phrases appear. After choosing what job you are looking for, think of all the words that could be linked to it eg Manager, Supervisor, PHP, MSITC, you get the picture. Now, presuming your CV is 2 pages in word, create a compilation of these words together, seperated by commas. in a third page and copy & paste the original compilation, until the 3rd page is full of these key words. Now comes the sneaky bit... In word go to Home/Font and get the Font window up.Highlight all the 3rd page and tick in the "hidden" box. All the text on that page will now dissappear. This CV can now be uploaded to the websites. When an employer searches the site, your CV will come either at the top of the list or very near and it will be your number he calls, not someone elses. To the person viewing your cv, they probably wont get to the bottom & realise about the extra page & you've got in ahead of the rest. Happy job hunting!

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