Wednesday, April 08, 2009

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How to Get Your Online Resume Noticed
Margaret Dikel

J ob openings posted on major employment Web sites can attract thousands of responses. Many firms have turned to résumé analysis software and other high-tech tricks to cut candidate pools down to manageable numbers. Here's how to help your résumé survive the culling process...


Make sure that each job requirement is addressed in your résumé.
Example: If an employer asks for "management experience," somewhere in your résumé should appear the exact phrase "management experience."
Anticipate other keywords and phrases that employers might stress by checking which terms appear repeatedly in job listings in your field.
Example: If job listings for your profession often request "problem-solving skills" or "project management experience," find a permanent place for these phrases in your résumé.


Format your résumé as a text-only (also called "plain text") document before you submit it online. (Go to my Web site,, or look in the help section of your word-processing program for instructions.) This reduces the odds that the résumé will become garbled in transmission.
Use a familiar font -- either Arial or Times New Roman -- and select a conventional résumé layout.
Example: The work-experience portion of your résumé should be arranged with your most recent job first.


The biggest employment Web sites are and Jobs posted to these popular sites generally receive the largest number of responses. Devote more of your online job-search time to smaller sites. The Web sites of professional associations, trade journals and recruiters specializing in your industry or profession typically list job openings.
Or search for jobs in your region through local newspaper Web sites, chamber of commerce Web sites or state job boards (go to, click the "State Job Boards" link, then select your state).
Many employers also list job openings on their corporate Web sites. To submit a résumé via e-mail...

Get the name and e-mail address of a specific person to send it to.

Mention your job function and interest in job openings in the subject line. Example: "Structural engineer interested in employment opportunities."

Start the e-mail with a short introduction explaining who you are in three or four sentences.

Put your résumé in the e-mail -- don't attach a file. Attachments often go unread, due to the effort it takes to open them and risk of computer viruses.

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