I used to always suggest having two resumes. The first resume is sort of a teaser that you leave with potential employer. It’s one page and really highlights the best of you. And hopefully, it has enough of draw to warrant a follow-up.
The second resume would be a more in-depth look at you and your work history. It could two or 3 pages long. And generally, this is the one you leave behind after an interview. Presumably, after a good interview; there will be enough interest there for the potential employer to really give you a comprehensive once (or twice over).
Or you blew the interview and you have nothing to lose by leaving a solid work history and resume. It’s the Hail Mary toss into the endzone.
But now, you may almost need 3 versions. And that’s probably been true for several, several years.
I’ve got suggestions and research points through Landing On Your Feet for writing “traditional,” hardcopy resume. So, by all means, look to various resource pages.
But as for creating an electronic resume, there are some basic advice that’s floating out there:
- Use a text file (*.txt). Word is nice. All sorts of pretty word processing programs out there. But not everyone has the same program. And Word docs always upload weird. Write your resume in *.txt format. Not pretty but effective and less chance of “dropping” something due to app incompatibility. And it’s easier for some employers to run your resume through a keyword processor.
- Not so much about writing a resume but more on showing you can follow directions – follow the instructions. Paste it into the body of the email. Do it. Send it as an attachment. Do it. Again, use *.txt file. Less chance of FUBAR.
- Here’s a good advice I read – send that electronic resume to your friends and see how it comes up. Using your friend is okay. They’ll feel used and cheap but no biggie – tell ’em you love ’em.
- If you are going to use a word processor other than your standard notepad, create a pdf file before sending it. Everyone has a program for reading pdf files nowadays and it will develop what you want to send with less chance of “dropping” something. Some advise against it, but I think it’s a good idea.
- Always include a cover letter or introduction to set-up your resume. If you’re sending an attachment, the email is your cover letter. If you are pasting the resume into the body of the email; you still need to write a brief “cover” to set up the following email. Phil has a decent program that helps write both the traditional cover letters and the email varieties. You can check out his site via this link.
So, there you go – a few suggestions for you to consider.