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Tips for Online Resumes – AgCareers.com developed ten tips for online resumes that all job seekers should follow, from formatting to keywords, and emailing to contact information.  All candidates should review these online resume recommendations when starting their job search.  

 

Infographic - Title: Tips for Online Resumes. Sub-title: 10 awesome tips (from AgCareers.com).  Image Text: Have your resume in a format that can be widely accepted.  For example Microsoft Word 97-2003 (.doc) format. Not all systems are equipped to open the newer .docx format or even an Adobe PDF format. This also includes older programs such as Microsoft Works; it is becoming increasingly incompatible with many operating systems.  Save your resume with a title that identifies whose and what it is. For Example J_Smith_Resume.doc. Employers can receive hundreds of resumes each day and it can become confusing when each one is titled myresume.doc.  When emailing your resume to a recruiter or company for a position...Be sure your resume matches the position you’re applying for. Customize your objective statement to mention the company and position. Be sure to modify this each time you email your resume for a different position.  Uploading your resume to a database or a personal webpage......Make sure it is generic enough that it shows all of your potential, so that you do not exclude yourself from opportunities. Consider utilizing a summary statement versus objective statement to help generalize the resume.  Best place to host your online resume for careers in agriculture. AgCareers.com is the leading ag-specific career portal for job seekers. Allowing users to upload their resume into a restricted database for top employers to access and source candidates. Get started at www.agcareers.com today.  Don’t rely on your spell checker alone.  Do a thorough check and have someone else look over it as well.  Update your resumes that are in databases every three to six months.  If not more often. Many systems log when you last edited your resume and make that visible to employers.  Employers typically don’t look at resumes older than 90 days, so making small changes could keep your resume at the top of the list.  When emailing your resume send it to one person at a time.  Take time to personalize the message along with the resume to mention the specific reasons you want to work with the company and in what role. Don’t try to save time with generic messages and blast emailing.  Use keywords in your resume seen in job descriptions you’re interested in.  Keywords are how employers find your resume when conducting a search. They are typically looking for terms that match your skills to the requirements in the job description.  Always include you contact info on the resume.  Do not assume that that since you provided your name, address, phone number and email when you created an account with a database service that it will be visible to the employer. Include your contact info on the actual resume so employers can contact you if interested. When your job search is over...Remove your resume from places you’ve had it advertised. You don’t want to run the risk of your new employer finding your resume and thinking that you’re looking to jump ship so soon.  Check out the AgCareers.com Newsletter Archives & Subscribe to our weekly e-Newsletter to receive more tips and advice for your job search.  www.AgCareers.com.