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Tips for a Digital Resume
Here are the basics for making sure your resume shines - even in its digital format.
- Different Versions - You should have a web accessible version (that also looks good on a mobile device) as well as something potential employers can download easily and print out if they want. The good news is that this doesn't take as much time as it sounds - especially if you think about this issue early in the process of creating your resume.
- Web Version - Don't be afraid to use a little multimedia on your online resume. For example, a nice photograph of you as well as a single video that shows you talking about why you're looking for a job and what you want to do can go a long way in making your online resume stand out from the crowd. In today's competitive job market, this can make all the difference in the world.
- PDF Version - You should also have a PDF version of your resume that people can download and that you can attach to an email message. Try to keep this version free from photos and any information that is really not necessary. Briefer is better in most cases.
- Plain Text Version - Not everyone is going to want to see this version, but it also makes it very easy to email your resume if needed. Creating a stripped down text-only version of your resume is not as difficult as it might sound. It takes time, of course, but the effort is worth it.
- Keep Them Updated - The problem with having so many different resumes is that it can be difficult to keep them all updated. If you can find resume software that will help you by allowing you to enter data once and have it displayed in different formats, you're going to be able to save a lot of time.
- Remember Keywords - Last but certainly not least, you should try to infuse as many relevant keywords into your digital resume as possible - especially the website version. You don't want to go overboard, but adding the right ones can make it easier for employers to find you accidentally.