5 years ago, no one thought to submit resumes online--there
was no "online" to use! Today the Internet is
one of the fastest ways to get your information to an employer,
but to do so you'll need an electronic resume. There are
2 types of electronic resumes: e-mail resumes and scannable
An e-mail resume is one that will be sent via e-mail to
your contact. It must be written in plain text without formatting.
Bold, italics, underlining, and bullet points don't translate
well in most e-mail programs. For emphasis, use ALL CAPS
for headings, asterisks (*) or hyphens (-) for lists, and
left margins with hard returns rather than tabs.
A scannable resume is formatted for easy scanning into a
computer for storage in a searchable database. To facilitate
scanning, avoid bold, italics, bullets, or underlining, and
use a common font like Courier or Times New Roman.
If your resume will be scanned into a database, the language
you choose is important. Nouns are more likely than verbs
to be detected during a key word search.