What you should know about Electronic Resumes

By: Aseriah Jordan

For starters, an electronic resume is a resume that is sentto an employer by electronic means – usually through email or internet. That’ssimple enough, these resumes are posted in internet resume banks where they canbe searched, downloaded or viewed by Employer. A name that comes to mind isMonster.com, they handle thousands of resumes that employers can easily searchand find candidates for their job openings. Not to mention, if you have awebsite you can post your resume and let anyone you want to see it.

The best thing about electronic resumes is that they caneasily be sent to and from employers and job applicants, which is much fasterand cheaper than old-school postal mail. Another great advantage of E-Resumesis that you can upload them in internet banks and takes very little effort todo so.

With the advancements of technology, employers have softwarethat can pre-screen resumes from their databases. Makes it easy for them tofind a job applicant that has a resume on file for more than a month.

There are two thingsthat a good e-resume needs…

  • It must be “searchable"
  • It must be in ASCII format

“Searchable" e-resumeThis electronic resume has keywords imbedded in them. Since more employers areusing software to find their next employees, they use keywords to find theirworkers. Sort of like Google or yahoo. They would type in a keyword like “systemsanalyst" into an internet resume bank and get the names of all the folks thathave that in their resumes.

ASCII FormatIn order to have an effective electronic resume you must format it properly.Since software and word processors aren’t always compatible, you need to formatyour resume so an employer doesn’t get an unorganized piece of paper.

An ASCII formatresume means having …

  • No bullets. Use asterisks instead
  • No tabs, indents, centering, or rightjustification. Only spaces.
  • No word wrap. Each line has to end in a hardcarriage return.
  • Courier Font, size 10
  • No special Characters
  • No bold, italic, underline or other specialeffects
  • No borders or lines
  • No graphics (not that you would add any graphicsanyways)

In Summary

There you have it, a quick overview of what an electronicresume is and how to make one. With more employers looking for applicantsonline, you should really consider formatting your current resume to ASCII. Ifyou need help in converting your resume into an electronic one, head on over to Or if you alreadyhave an electronic or regular resume you can Post if for FREE at

Best of Luck in your Search and until next time

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