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Definition:A resume (chronological or functional) formatted to read well when submitted as a data file or scanned and searched by optical scanning systems.
Employer Rating:Many large employers use electronic resume processing systems (or "automated applicant tracking systems") to handle large volumes of resumes. Job ads may direct applicants to email a resume to their company or visit their website and submit a resume in electronic format.
Electronic resumes are used by Resume Banks to match applicant qualifications with employer needs.
The resume now resides in a database that the personnel department or the hiring manager can search by keyword.
For example, a department manager may search the database for a candidate with
Works Best For:It is certainly quick and convenient for both applicant and employer to work with resumes in electronic formats. The problem for the employer is sorting through hundreds or thousands of resumes to find a few good candidates for the job at hand. The problem for the candidate is to stand out as one of the few good candidates. Writing a good electronic resume is often as much about strategy (keywords) as content.
Samples:Electronic Resume Guide
Step-by-step guide from SusanIreland.com covers creating an electronic resume, posting it online, e-mailing, scanning and web-resumes.
The Riley Guide: Online Job Application: Preparing Your Resume for the Internet
Electronic Resumes: Prepare your resume for e-mail, web-forms & scanning
Yahoo - Business and Economy:Companies:Employment Services:Resume Services
A Word of Caution:Job Seeker's Guide to Resume Databases
Tips for protecting your privacy and pocketbook when answering online ads or signing up for resume databases from Pam Dixon, job search author and executive director of the World Privacy Forum.
Recommended Books on Electronic Resumes:
Electronic Resumes & Online Networking. Rebecca Smith.
Job Searching Online for Dummies. Pam Dixon.
Resumes for Dummies. Joyce Lain Kennedy.