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You can save your resume from Word to HTML, or HyperText Markup Language, to use when uploading your resume to a web page or blog. Also, search engines such as Google and Yahoo! will be able to index it more easily. If this is a case, remember to make your resume keyword-rich by sprinkling keywords throughout to be sure that you'll be found by the employer's or the recruiter's search engines. To make your resume web-ready, save your Word document as an HTML file. As with saving to other formats, saving as an HTML file is very easy to do.
All that you have to do is go up to File > Save As, browse to your folder--mine happens to be on the Desktop. My Resume folder is right here, and I'm going to give it a name. The name of my document, following my naming convention so far, is going to be Mariann Siegert - Resume. You can also see, as we've been going along in our lessons here, the other documents that we've saved into different formats.
And the Save file as type, I want to save this as an HTML file, and it says here, Web Page. Depending on the version of Word that you have, you may just see Web Page, or it might say Web Page HTM or HTML next to it. Make sure that you only choose when it says Web Page or HTM, HTML next to it. There is another option here that's Web Page, Filtered. You might see one and that says Single File Web Page. Just make sure you choose the one that says web page.
Then just click on Save. You'll see this Microsoft Word Compatibility Checker that comes up when saving to an HTML format. This is telling me that this particular document has small caps that will become all caps, and there are three occurrences of that. It also has tables with text wrapping and framed objects that will become aligned with the beginning of the paragraph, and there's one occurrence of that. I am just going to click on Continue, and here's my document. You may freak out when you see that your tables have been moved around. But it's okay.
What you want to make sure that you do is go over to the HTML version of your document and look at it before you make any changes to your Word document. When using Word to save into HTML format, keep in mind that you may lose some or even a lot of your formatting. So let's do this. We are going to exit word and we are going to locate our new HTML file. Mine is underneath Resumes on the Desktop, and here is my HTML version of my resume.
You may notice that it has a Firefox document type over here because it's no longer, again, a Word document. It is in HTML, and my default browser here is set to Firefox. When I double-click on it, it's going to open it up in my browser. You'll notice that your document may have looked different after saving to HTML format when still on Word. But viewing from your browser may be a different story. You may have random characters thrown in here and there, or some other formatting hiccups.
Take a look at our bullets here for instance. As you can see, you may need to adjust your bullet points by typing an asterisk instead, or some other character such as a dash. You may have noticed that the problem of the side-by-side tables has corrected itself. If you know HTML, you can of course use your preferred HTML editor to make any necessary changes or fix any hiccups or glitches. If you don't know HTML, just go back to your Word document, fix your problems and resave to HTML format. Then you can reopen in your browser to view the changes.
Just keep in mind you may need to do this more than once. And, by the way, if you are interested in learning HTML, there are numerous courses available online lynda.com. Make sure that you test your HTML resume formatting in several browsers. This step is important because of the fact that when using Word to save to HTML format, it sometimes includes incompatible or unrecognizable characters, and it looks just plain ugly when viewing from different browsers or different platforms. As a matter of fact, in some cases the document not only turns out to be ugly, it may even be unreadable.
So just be careful and test as thoroughly as possible. Test once, twice, third's time a charm, and then publish.
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