What works and what doesn’t work for electronic résumés
As job seekers, you have two types of résumés you need to create – an offline résumé and an online résumé. The offline résumé is for printing and handing out at job fairs, networking events, and interviews. Your online résumé is one used for any electronic communication, including emailing your résumé or any online job application submission. Most people like the look of an offline résumé, because of the fancy formatting and pretty presentation. However, most résumés are put through hiring software and read on a computer. Unfortunately, these hiring systems are error prone and pretty formatting and graphics cause the system to discard much of the résumé. Therefore, use your online résumé for any digital communication, and use your offline résumé for when you need to print out your résumé. To create both types of résumés, you will need to follow different rules and guidelines.
Here is a simple list of guidelines to help.
Here are award-winning offline résumés. These are considered the best in the industry and won TORI awards from Career Directors International.
Below are samples of online résumés. These are proven résumé formats that have been tested for errors and formatting.