How is an online resume different?
An online resume is merely an electronic copy of your resume that you have available to employers via the web. Now that more and more employers are utilizing the internet to find candidates, having an electronic resume handy is a must.
Job boards like AgCareers.com will have the capability to include your resume in their database. Having your resume in a searchable database is one example of an online resume. Some databases will allow you to upload a particular file type like Word, PDF or Publisher, the most common of these being Microsoft Word. Other databases will ask you to copy and paste your resume into their system. In those situations your resume may not maintain all of the formatting like bolding, bulleting and font size, so it’s best to keep it simple. This is nothing to be alarmed about since most employers are only viewing your resume based on a particular keyword they’ve searched for and where that appears in your resume. This brings up another point to keep in mind for online resumes:
Employers search databases using keywords and phrases that match the job they are trying to fill. Take time to look at the job postings for what you want to do, load your resume with some of those words and phrases where they match your experience.
Other outlets for posting your online resume can be via social media pages or personal web sites. Regardless of where you post your resume, two important things to remember are: know where you have it posted so you don’t sound shocked when contacted by a potential employer, and keep it updated.
Information on the web can be easily dated to show when it was last modified. Employers typically don’t pay much attention to resumes that haven’t been updated in three to six months. Is it time for you to update your resume posted in the AgCareers.com online database? Click here to update it now. Don’t have your resume posted on our site? Log-in or set-up your job seeker account today to post your resume!
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