Resume Outline

Job seekers generally look for two types of resume outline:
  1. How to write a resume. If this is you, please click here to visit our associate site where you will find Resume Layout Pro, which has exactly the information that you are looking for.
  2. An outline of how to convert a resume into an electronic resume, which is what this article provides.

There is no doubt that the job market has changed dramatically, as the Internet continues to turn the recruitment industry upside down. Whilst it provides a convenient and cost effective medium in which companies can fill vacancies, it also offers forward thinking candidates a real opportunity to stand out from the crowd.

The following electronic resume outline will help you to be one of those forward thinking candidates.

Electronic Resume Outline 1: Convert your existing resume into an electronic resume by making it computer friendly
As your electronic resume is going to be stored in a computer database or sent between computers, you need to be sure that this is computer friendly. All you need to do is:

  • Change the typeface to a sans serif font, such as Arial.
  • Remove all italics, bold and underlining. You can use block capitals to highlight headings, but use these sparingly.
  • Remove all boxes and graphics from your resume.
  • Save your resume in ASCII or plain text format (this is a .txt file - Save your resume as file type "Text Only"), as all computers can read text in this format.

Electronic Resume Outline 2: Identify the keywords to include in your resume
This is one of the most critical aspects within your electronic resume outline and you need to spend time on this to get it right. Keywords are the words or phrases that are used by employers in the search process and will determine whether or not your resume is included in the search results.

Job sites work in the same way as Search Engines, with employers using keywords that are specific to the vacancy they wish to fill. For example, if an employer is looking for a "Hardware Design Engineer", they will key this in and receive a list of candidates that have registered with "Hardware", "Design" and "Engineer" as keywords.

Use the vacancy description and your resume to decide what the main keywords are that a potential employer would be likely to key in to find you. You must always think about the keywords from the recruiter's perspective.

One main difference between electronic resumes and conventional resumes is that it is acceptable to include industry jargon and acronyms within your resume, such as CAD for example, as these are more likely to be the search terms used by recruiters. However, you should also add the full description in brackets to cover all possible searches. You should also consider using phrases or nouns that describe your areas of expertise if these are likely to be search terms.

Electronic Resume Outline 3: Update your resume and tailor this to your targeted job
Make sure that all your achievements are highlighted appropriately. Whilst there are additional steps you need to take to convert your resume into an electronic resume, many of the "traditional" rules of resume preparation still apply. You can find a resume outline that you can use as a checklist by clicking here.

Remember that your skills and achievements should be prioritised according to the needs of the employer. Your resume needs to show a recruiter immediately that you are the best person for the job.

If you would like more information on the resume outline approach detailed above, you can find this at the ResumeEdge Resume Center where there are articles on all aspects of resume outline, from electronic resumes to scannable resumes to creating a free web resume.

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