“Is your online resume coming out right on the other end,” is a pretty straightforward question; and answer should be a simple “yes.”
But is it?
Are your online resumes suffering the same faith as did some of the early articles I wrote?
I write a lot of articles. Or I did – I haven’t written too many these past couple of months. Frankly, after several hundred articles, I need to recharge creative thought.Â I used to write all my articles – short and long – on MS Word. I would then submit it online to EzineArticles.com or other article directories. And I’d offer it to other blogs.
I quickly learned that MS Word is terrible choice for writing online articles.
Honestly don’t know, but it has something to do with how MS Word codes some of the symbols and punctuation marks and other systems’ inability to read it. The most common offender was the quotations. The nice looking curly quotation marks come out as gobbledygook.
Why is this important to resume writing?
Because you may be inadvertently sending gobbledygook because of the word processing software you are using.
Great article by Barbara Stefani
One Typo You Should Have on Your Resume
I’ve frequently received mail from readers infuriated by the fact that many job seekers and career professionals write the word resume rather than rÃ©sumÃ© with the accent marks over the two “e’s.” The grammar police can be seen out in full force on some occasions, and some people seem to revel in making their case by hyperlinking to the word’s definition and proper spelling as shown in Merriam-Webster Online.
But there is actually a reason not to use the accent marks on the word resume in the online world. Many employers ask that resumes be copied and pasted into text boxes on their website, so they can be uploaded and tracked via the company’s applicant tracking system. But when you convert the word resume with the accent marks into plain text, it shows up as r?sum?.
… Ouch, now that does look like a typo!
And that’s not the only symbol that may not convert properly in a text-only format. You know those lovely bullets you have in front of each key point on your resume? They often change into question marks as well, once the document is converted into text. Imagine showcasing a great achievement like, “reduced costs by $1M dollars, in one year” and having that point show up with a question mark, almost as if you are questioning whether you really accomplished this feat at all!
If you plan on uploading your resume on sites that don’t give you the option of including a Word attachment, or if you need to copy your resume and cover letter into a text box or e-mail, here’s what you need to know about creating a text only version of your resume that reads properly.
- Save your Word document in .txt format (ASCII).
- Save document as text with line breaks.
- Set the page formatting to 60 characters per line.
- Omit bold, italics, and underlining from the document.
- Change double quotes to single quotes.
- Remove tabs, columns, and bullets and save document with single line space breaks.
- Eliminate non-ASCII symbols such as bullet points.
- Convert document to a fixed width font such as Courier New 12 point.
- Use spaces to line up texts instead of tabs.
- Left justify text; center text through use of spacing
That’s certainly much better than sending an introductory letter that says, “My r?sum? is attached for your review.” By the way, if you are wondering why I omitted using the accent marks in the word resume while writing this post, it’s because the search engines don’t read the accent marks properly either. And since most people search for this type of content using the search term resume and not r?sum? I thought this too was a good reason to have a “typo” in my post.
Obviously this article belongs to them with copyright and all that.Â Good articles and advice over there.Â If you have not, please hit the link and head – take look