This article describes how to format a résumé to
look good on the Internet.
To create a résumé which will look consistently good when e-mailed, scanned,
or viewed on a web browser, you should use the simplest formatting possible. This
may mean sacrificing the features of your favorite word processor such as tables,
paragraph borders, and custom fonts.
If you plan to post your résumé to the Internet, it is a good idea to keep two
versions of it. Use the on-line version for e-mail and Internet postings. Save your
fully formatted résumé for interviews and for giving to employers who have already
shown an interest.
Follow these steps to create a résumé that will look good no matter where you
send it. These directions will work for most word processing programs:
- Open your résumé in your word processor.
- Save the résumé as TEXT ONLY. (This feature is usually available by choosing
Save As from the File menu)
- Close the résumé and reopen the new text-only version in Notepad or a similar
plain text editor.
- Edit your résumé following the formatting suggestions below.
- Save the document.
To send your résumé in an e-mail or post it to the Internet, Select the résumé
text, Copy it, and Paste it into the e-mail or web page.
- Use a non-proportional font such as Courier so that each full line of text appears
as the same width on the page.
- Do not use tabs. They are often ignored by web browsers, and behave unpredictably
in e-mail reader programs.
- Avoid trying to indent or center text using the spacebar. Keep all lines justified
to the left side of the page, and use line breaks ("Enter" key) to separate headings
- Don't rely on exact positioning of text using spaces or specific fonts. The font
that you use to create your résumé is not necessarily the same font that will be
used to display it on the Internet or in an employer's e-mail program.
- To emphasize a word or words, use ALL CAPS rather than bold, or surround the
text using ***asterisks*** or #other characters#.
- For bulleted lists, use the asterisk (*), hyphen (-), plus sign (+) or a similar
common character. Keep in mind that long lines of text may wrap incorrectly underneath
the bullets. To avoid this problem, keep list items under 60 characters wide.
- Don't try to control the width of each line in a long paragraph by using carriage
returns. Just put a single carriage return at the end of the paragraph to allow
your text to wrap normally. It will then look consistently good even if the browser
or email reader window is resized.
Sample online résumé format
JOSE A. SMITH
1234 5th Ave, Apt. 6
Arlington, WA 98500
Merchandise and Goods Delivery Driver
CDL Class B license
WA State Food Handlers Permit
of Transportation Physical Certification
SKILLS AND ABILITIES
* Able to lift 50-75 lbs safely and efficiently
Maintain excellent relationships with clients
and receiving personnel
* Friendly and energetic personality
* Thorough knowledge of Seattle streets
construction conditions, and revisions
* Safe driving record
SUCCESSFULLY HANDLED PRODUCTS
* Durable goods
* Fish and other delicate perishables
* Dry goods
Thorough knowledge of diesel and gas engine troubleshooting. Maintained delivery
with accounts receivable. Collection of money or signature from customers.
Checked out and
in vehicle, including daily safety inspection.
Fred's Fine Foods 2000-2002
the year, 2002
Sam's Fine Fish 1999-2000
or exceeded delivery goals
Swift Shipping 1998-1999
to satellite locations
Holy Mary High School
University of Marie del Rios
Santa Fe, TX
Bachelor of Arts
More résumé formatting help:
There are four basic types of résumés: chronological, functional, combination,
and curricula vitae (CVs). Choose a format that best fits your experiences and industry
or one that you are comfortable with. Ultimately, the choice of résumé format is
up to you.
Chronological résumés present information in a timeline approach.
Functional résumés group work experience and skills by skill area or job
résumés highlight your skills and experiences.
vitae (CVs) provide a detailed statement of your qualifications. They are
only used in certain positions and industries.
For more help, visit a WorkSource Office and attend a Resume Writing
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