Special Tips for Electronic Resumes

Because there are many details to consider in writing a resume that will be posted or transmitted on the Internet, or one that will be scanned into a computer when it is received. ere are some brief, general guidelines to follow if you expect your resume to be scanned into a computer.

• Use standard fonts in which none of the letters touch.
• Keep in mind that underlining, italics, and fancy scripts may not scan well.
• Use boldface and capitalization to set off elements. Again, make sure letters don’t touch. Leave at least a quarter inch between lines of type.
• Keep information and elements at the left margin. Centering, columns, and even indenting may change when the resume is optically scanned.
• Do not use any lines, boxes, or graphics. List each telephone number on its own line in the header.
• Use multiple keywords or synonyms for what you do to make sure your qualifications will be picked up if a prospective employer is searching for them. Use nouns that are keywords for your profession.
• Be descriptive in your titles. For example, don’t just use “assistant”; use “legal office assistant.”
• Make sure the contrast between print and paper is good. Use a high quality laser printer and white or very light colored 81⁄2-by-11-inch paper.

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