The Electronic resume organizes and presents your qualifications in a computer friendly format. It is similar to a conventional resume because it is on paper, but different because its content and format are designed to be compatible with a computer.
Many employers are using resume management systems to transfer paper resumes into a computer-controlled databases. This allows for them to be effectively stored and searched.
What it may include:
- Activities/hobbies, Awards or honors, Certification/ licenses, Community Service, Coursework or special projects (related to your career goal)
- Education/ formal training, Experience (Entry-level candidates can have two categories instead: Related Experience and Additional Employment.)
- Heading (name, address, phone, e-mail address), Interests, Internships or volunteer service, Objective, Professional Organizations
- Skills (including computers and foreign languages), Student aide or work study employment
- Summary (of skills/qualifications/key words), References Available Upon Request
How do I prepare one?
Job Placement counselors assist you with this process. We have resume guides for you in our office. Additionally, many computer programs and employment Web sites have resume-writing templates that you can utilize. (Discover is available at the Career Counseling and Testing Center, M-14.) Libraries and bookstores also carry resume guides.
Proofread carefully, be neat and well-organized, use action verbs to highlight your accomplishments, quantify if possible, be truthful. You may need to prepare two different versions of your resume.
Paper: White or very light neutral color, 8 ½” x 11” size
Length: Entry-level candidates should have a one-page resume. Job candidates with 5-10 years of related experience (or more) will most likely need two pages. An education professional required to submit a curriculum vita for a position would need more than two pages.
Formats: A reverse chronological format lists your education and experience from the present to the past. It is the format that is most frequently used.
A functional format uses functional skill areas to organize the duties and accomplishments included in the experience section. A job placement counselor will help you decide which format will serve you better.