Posting Your Resume
One of the major sea changes in Human Resources has been the acceptance and solicitation of on-line resumes.
With this has come an entire industry of web-based, employer/employee “match-makers.” Like everything else in your job search, these must be researched and
compared before you commit time, energy or money to their usage. In
fact, for the local job market, it may be just as useful to monitor the web sites of likely employers. In many cases, job opportunities will be posted there and digital applications (including resumes) taken. On-line applications may also be required for positions listed by the NYSDOL and America’s Job Bank.
One might assume that a digital resume is quite different from that which you’ve created for print. But that’s not necessarily the case. Most desktop publishing programs will allow you to save your resume as a .pdf file which can be attached to email. Some on-line applications will also allow attachments. Bear in mind, however, that there is no guarantee your attachment will be opened. Including a plain-text version of your resume in the body of your e-mail provides some additional assurance of readership.
In addition, we strongly suggest that you keep handy a plain-text only version of your resume for those web-based applications which require input into fields. “Cutting and pasting” will ensure that your posted information is free of spelling errors and consistent with your “hard copy.”
While there are several schools of thought on the subject, we caution against flooding the web with your resume. Identity theft is a growing problem and so are the preponderance of web sites that will use or sell your personal information.
Be as generic as possible. Avoid using contact names, numbers and addresses. Instead use an e-mail address that you’ve created specifically for your on-line job search.
It is better to err on the side of caution. If employers want more detail, they will ask for it.
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