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Old 01-29-2008, 02:10 PM
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Originally Posted by lam0land View Post
Hi I am not doing a resume for my son, He has been looking himself for places to help him write a good resume, I just thought I may be able to help him find one.
He never had to write a resume before, just fill out applications. Thing have changed so now, that everyone wants a resume. Today he found one that will write for him(forgot the name), and also the unemployment office will help him do one. We will see what happens, I defenetly will keep you in mind. By the way in what area are you in?? we are in cornelius.
Also I have another question--I know you can go on the computer and setup a resume on monster.com and some others- Do you think they work pretty good??
Yes:-) You are absolutely correct . . . things have changed drastically with the boom of the very tech-based application / job board systems. If he runs into a snag, please check out some of the books I mentioned in the Work / Employment section. They are excellent in walking a person through the resume writing process. Another one that I forgot to mention was "Resume Magic" by Susan Britton Whitcomb! It is FANTASTIC (Step-by-Step Guide).

On another note . . . I definitely recommend posting it on the major job boards. *Bitbit612* is correct . . . you will receive spam. This happens on jobs boards such as Monster, Careerboard, etc. However, *whytewulf* is correct in stating that it is worth it in the long run. No job board is perfect. However, many of my clients have had extremely good results with various boards. Also (as whytewulf mentioned), please use a PROFESSIONAL email address, even if it means you have to creat a new one. Using email addresses like hotcheeks, babycakes, or mybigoldheadlights are not acceptable (Yes, I've seen such things *and* asking by a client as to *why* he / she should change it!)

With the above in mind, I recommend constructing your resume first, and then posting it on Monster. Do not use the online resume builder. It is more effective to write the resume, and convert it to various formats. The THREE resume formats to become familiar with are as follows:


This is the “pretty” version with all the bold print, underlines, bullets, etc. This is specifically designed to be the eye-appealing marketing tool. You will use this version when mailing, faxing, or personally delivering the resume to a company.


These resumes are formatted for scanning purposes. Company’s that transform a hard-copy to a digital format use this version to “scan” the resume into a database. You can also email or fax it to a company. This version is created by transforming your “presentation” version into a document without ANY formatting (e.g., bold, bullets, etc.). A Sans Serif font (such as “Arial” . . . no smaller than 10pt) is usually used because it doesn’t have the little feet on the bottom of the letters. Sometimes faxing a document in a SERIF font (Times New Roman) connects the words and it is difficult to read. Keep in mind, my last point (about the connecting of the words) is becoming less and less predominant because fax machines are drastically better than they used to be.

A “keyword” summary should be included in this type of resume. This is a section (in addition to other keywords throughout the resume) that is included in a resume for scanning purposes. If you aren’t aware of the impact keywords have on a resume, please look it up online, as this is *very* important. When saving, it should be saved in an RTF format!

3. ASCII (KEYWORD) RESUME (the ugly 1970’s resume!)

This is not meant to be a “pretty” resume. The ASCII resume (short for “American Standard Code for Information Interchange”) is considered an *electronic resume* and it cut / pasted into an online resume job bank or submission form (e.g., Monster). It is easiest to convert your KEYWORD SCANNABLE version when creating this (less work). When saving, it should be saved as a PLAIN TEXT document!

I hope this helps. Good luck!
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