Creating Your Online Resume

istock_000018022417small_13After discussing the advantages of online resumes, it’s clear that creating one is an important step in your professional future. So how do you create an online resume? Where can you create one? What should you include? I have all your answers right here! Read on to find out how to go about creating your online resume.

Where

There are numerous sites online that will allow you to create an online resume. It’s best to stick to a well-known site, because employers are more likely to visit these well-known sites rather than some less popular ones. Remember, you want to maximize your visibility as well as your chances of getting hired. Below are the links to some well-known online resume sites:

How

There are a number of ways to create an online resume. Some sites allow you to upload and then edit your resume from your computer. You can also start from scratch and build your resume from the ground. Most sites will ask some “about you” information first; make sure to only include things about yourself that you would want your employer to know. Then, you will need to enter information such as job experience, skills, and maybe even interests. With many sites, you will be able to format the annotated_visualcv_400_031809different sections that you want to include. This means that if you don’t have work history, you won’t need to have a blank section on your online resume; simply delete this section altogether and put something else in its place (such as education information or skills). You can also choose your own design template. It’s important to choose a design that catches the eye, but at the same time presents you in a professional light. Remember, an online resume lets your personality and creativeness shine through, so be sure to spend some time on the deign aspect of your online resume.

It’s also a good idea to include a video in which you talk about your skills, qualifications, and why you think you deserve to be hired. This is called a “video resume,” and it lets employers get a glimpse into how you act, speak, and behave. With video resumes, the important thing to remember is that this is not a video in which you read off of your resume; rather, give your future employer an insight into who you are and why you’re right for the job. Here is an example of a professional video resume:

Do’s and Don’ts of Online Resumes

  • Do email resumes to employers that you want to work for in the near future; you can also post your resume to job sites.email keyboard button.jpg-550x0 Don’t expect employers to find you just because you have an online resume; some employers don’t do this.
  • Do organize your information. You want the most important things, like job experience and skills, to be visible and easily accessible. Don’t make employers have to search your resume for information, because it may kill their interest.
  • Don’t include too much experience or useless information. If you have switched jobs often, you don’t want employers to think that you’re unstable. Also, it’s easy to post unnecessary information in an online resume, because you don’t have a “one page” limit as with a traditional one. career-road-signAvoid this, as well as personal information such as marital status, religion, or political affiliation. There is simply no need to include anything that does not have to do with your career.
  • Do update your resume regularly. It shows employers that you are consistent and that your career is of great importance to you.

There you have it! I hope this information helps everyone when beginning to create your online resumes. It may seem like a tedious task and you may be reluctant to switch from traditional to electronic resume, but remember: it can have a great impact on your career and may even be the reason you get that next job.sucess

Amra Hercinovic is an undergraduate student at the University of South Florida studying bio-medical sciences and psychology. She hopes to go on to study pharmacy at the University of Florida.

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