Resume C/V | What is eResume?


Resume C/V | What is eResume?




What Is an E-Resume?

The term is used broadly for a number of resume e-incarnations, including the following:

Text resume: In its simplest form, an eResume is an unformatted, text-only version of your traditional resume that can be pasted into the body of an email message. This basic tool allows you to get your credentials into the hands of potential employers, recruiters, and networking contacts in an instant. Though not terribly eye-appealing, its frugal format has several redeemable qualities—it is easily transportable, compatible with all systems, and guaranteed to be free of computer viruses as long as it is pasted into the email message and not sent as an attachment.

Web resume: In its next stage, an eResume is a traditional resume turned into a Web page. Web resumes incorporate some (or all) of these elements: design and color to enhance your professional image, an email link to give employers easy access to communicate with you, a downloadable text only version (or other format) to satisfy possible resume database requirements, and hyperlinks to samples of your work or other documents that support your candidacy. In this form, eResumes are the answer to “ugly” text resumes, and more—they’re attractive, compatible with virtually every computer system, virus-free, accessible 24 hours a day, and easily modified. As an added bonus, you’ll impress potential employers with your technical IQ.

Web portfolio: In its most advanced form, the eResume evolves into an online portfolio—a full-fledged Web site with an internal navigation system and a consistent design theme. Content is comprehensive and organized into clickable, bite sized pieces that can include a resume, reference letters, a philosophy statement, representative projects, work samples, technology skills, or other special qualifications. Audio and video files can be used to give potential employers a sample of your verbal or presentation skills, as well as a preview of how you might answer a difficult interview question. Like Web resumes, Web-based portfolios are flexible with respect to the visibility factor. In other words, they can be promoted aggressively through URL references and search engine registration (enabling e-recruiters to find you via Boolean queries) or they can be posted in secure databases or hosted privately, giving you control over who can access your credentials. It’s clear that there are many varieties of eResumes. Regardless of format or features, however, they certainly share one common characteristic:

All resumes (e or otherwise) are marketing pieces. Your resume is part advertising, part business communication. It must sell the benefit, or return on investment (ROI), that employers will receive by hiring you. It must communicate hard skills and soft skills—experience and “fit.” Not only is your resume the marketing piece that makes that all-important first impression on employers, but in the e-recruiting world it can also have a long-lasting impact as employers store (for extended time periods), keyword search, and use complex algorithms to match databases resumes to job openings.

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