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Double-checking formatting after uploading

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Each resume bank has its own protocol and types of file formats that you can upload, such as Word, RTF, or TXT. You may find when you upload your resume to a resume bank the formatting falls apart, and your masterpiece ends up looking unprofessional and just plain ugly. Some banks allow you to upload in Word format, yet they still fall to pieces after uploading, most especially if you've built your resume using tables or if you put your contact information in the header.

Double-checking formatting after uploading

Each resume bank has its own protocol and types of file formats that you can upload, such as Word, RTF, or TXT. You may find when you upload your resume to a resume bank the formatting falls apart, and your masterpiece ends up looking unprofessional and just plain ugly. Some banks allow you to upload in Word format, yet they still fall to pieces after uploading, most especially if you've built your resume using tables or if you put your contact information in the header.

You may find the margins collapsed, your bullets disappear or changed, or your indenture thrown off. If the bank allows you to upload in PDF format, that will be your best bet, as far as keeping your resume intact. The only negative thing about doing it that way is most to the recruiter's and many inside employer's applicant tracking systems will not convert, or are unable to download PDFs into their systems. Most banks provide a way to look at the resume directly after uploading. Hopefully, you will find you just need to tweak something or fix a small formatting issue.

Many banks provide a small editing feature, and it's easy to fix. Other times, you may find the editing tools the resume bank provides just aren't powerful enough and there's nothing you can do to put it back together. In that case, you need another strategy. You can go back to Word and try fixing, uploading, and checking again. If that doesn't work, you may need to upload your resume in Rich Text Format, or RTF, if the bank allows. When you save a Word document to RTF format, especially one that is heavy on formatting or uses tables, you will need to do a lot of work to make it visually appealing once again. But having both of these types of formats is not only a great idea, but they will be handy tools to have in your job-search toolbox.

For more information on this, see the chapter on saving to different file formats. Next, see if the resume bank gives you the option to view your resume as the employer or recruiter. It's a great layered double-checking what they will see. Finally, if the bank allows you to download your resume, download, open, and print. Make sure you see how it looks on those ends as well. You may need to do a little or a whole lot of tweaking to your resume. Just be sure you don't simply upload and expect it to look great on the other end.

Online technology when dealing with resume banks just isn't there yet. Upload, tweak, check, and do it all over again if needed, or save to another format that holds its formatting. You don't want to look like you don't know anything about technology or are unprofessional, just because the technology available made your beautiful masterpiece fall to pieces.

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Creating an Effective Resume

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  1. 3m 51s
    1. Welcome
      1m 23s
    2. Using the exercise files
      54s
    3. Filling out the career management worksheet
      1m 34s
  2. 29m 13s
    1. Creating a marketing campaign
      2m 50s
    2. Discovering your dream job
      3m 39s
    3. Understanding the importance of keywords
      2m 14s
    4. Finding essential keywords
      6m 34s
    5. Incorporating action verbs
      4m 51s
    6. Getting results using PAR statements
      4m 40s
    7. Researching the employer
      4m 25s
  3. 37m 2s
    1. Targeting your resume
      7m 16s
    2. Sidestepping blunders and the "10-Second Screen-Out"
      5m 44s
    3. Deciding on resume length
      6m 29s
    4. Keeping your resume concise
      5m 23s
    5. Refreshing your resume
      4m 52s
    6. Critiquing your resume
      3m 31s
    7. Avoiding identity theft
      3m 47s
  4. 21m 14s
    1. Entering the workforce
      7m 48s
    2. Filling in employment gaps
      5m 21s
    3. Dealing with long-term employment
      3m 9s
    4. Switching career paths
      4m 56s
  5. 12m 38s
    1. Understanding resume jargon
      1m 27s
    2. Reverse chronological
      2m 25s
    3. Functional
      6m 11s
    4. Combined chrono-functional
      2m 35s
  6. 7m 1s
    1. Understanding the curriculum vitae (CV)
      3m 29s
    2. Working with online resumes and portfolios
      3m 32s
  7. 41m 23s
    1. Formatting fundamentals for your resume
      6m 39s
    2. Including (or not including) an objective
      4m 10s
    3. Creating a headline
      5m 1s
    4. Writing a qualifications summary
      4m 47s
    5. Showcasing achievements vs. listing job duties
      5m 31s
    6. Including technical information
      5m 22s
    7. Putting your education to work
      4m 41s
    8. Including awards, honors, and other information
      5m 12s
  8. 19m 1s
    1. Knowing which file format is best
      2m 10s
    2. Saving to earlier versions of Word
      2m 48s
    3. Saving as a PDF
      5m 27s
    4. Creating a RTF version
      3m 54s
    5. Saving to HTML format
      4m 42s
  9. 15m 9s
    1. Evaluating online resume banks
      5m 32s
    2. Writing effective names for resume banks
      3m 43s
    3. Double-checking formatting after uploading
      2m 45s
    4. Becoming too visible
      3m 9s
  10. 21m 45s
    1. Creating a cover letter
      7m 47s
    2. Compiling your references
      4m 35s
    3. Writing thank-you notes
      5m 38s
    4. Printing, copying, and the importance of paper
      3m 45s
  11. 52s
    1. Goodbye
      52s

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