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Eighty percent of employers of Fortune 500 companies post jobs on their own websites and expect job seekers to respond electronically. They are also placing resumes into searchable databases. There are varying ways to send your e-resume so that the employer is successfully able to open and read the resume or place it in their database.
The following are two types of e-resumes:

Formatted Resume

The most common is a formatted or “print” resume. These are resumes we create in programs such as Microsoft Word. The formatted resume is the most attractive visual presentation to the employer. However, sending only a formatted resume as an attachment may lead to such problems as inconsistent formatting from computer to computer and vulnerability to viruses.

Text Resume

(also know as plain-text, ASCII, or text-based resume)

This type of resume is not the most visually pleasing, but is compatible across all computer programs and eliminates worries from employers about Word attachments that may contain viruses. A text resume enables the employer to place your resume in their keyword-searchable database, which a vast majority of employers now use. The text resume is versatile and can be used for:

  • Posting in its entirety on many job boards.
  • Pasting into the body of an e-mail and sending to employers.
  • Converting to a Web-based HTML resume.
  • Sending as an attachment to employers, although you’ll probably want to send your formatted version also.
  • Conversion to a scan able resume. (Basically a text resume that is sent by fax or postal mail)

One suggestion to insure your resume reaches the employer in good condition would be to explain to the employer in your email that you have sent your formatted resume as an attachment but have also included a text version in the body of your email to eliminate any software incompatibility problems. Creating a text resume involves taking the Formatted Resume you created in Word, for example, and saving it as a Plain Text or Text file, re-opening it in a text editor program like WordPad or Notepad, then making a few adjustments to it. The text document should be left aligned and NOT contain any Bold, Underlining, Italics or Bulleted words. Tips on how to make the Text Resume look better can be found here.

Source: Articles written by Katharine Hansen featured on Quintessential Careers: www.quintcareers.comYour E-Résumé's File Format Aligns with its Delivery Method and The Top 10 Things You Need to Know about E-Resumes and Posting Your Resume Online.