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Resume posting tips

Many sites have wizards to help you format your online resume.

Dear Molly: I know you talk about careers in this column, but this is a related question: How can I get my resumé to look decent when I post it on job Web sites? I created it in Word and when I copy and paste it or try to upload the Word file, the formatting gets messed up.

Molly says: Your best bet for creating attractive online resumés is to save the file in two formats: ASCII (plain text, no formatting) and HTML. Before you post the resume, look for instructions on how to do this and look especially for information about acceptable file formats. Most of the time, you’ll find that ASCII works. If you can post an HTML file, go ahead and do so. Since you can format online documents with HTML, the resume will look more like the original Word document.

The Web site may also have tools, wizards or instructions that guide you through the process of creating an online resumé. Visit a couple of sites and gather up all the information you can on this topic. For example, the Flip Dog site offers a six-page “helpful hints” article on creating the perfect online resumé.

If you are into Web site design, consider creating a resumé Web site for yourself and placing the URL in your posted resum&eactue;. That way you can give potential employers and recruiters a chance to learn more about you without having to make a phone call or send you an e-mail message.

Molly Joss also writes the monthly Career Advisor column for ComputerUser magazine. Ask a career-related question at [email protected]

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