Creating a Digital Resume

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Introduction & Objectives

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Introduction & Objectives

This tutorial provides basic instruction on how to create an online resume and tailoring your personal information for the world of electronic communication. This is not a "how-to-write-a-resume" handout. For more information on developing an effective resume, see Resources for Resume & Cover Letter Assistance from the Career Services Center.

This tutorial assumes that you:
1. have a current MS Word version of your resume
2. know HTML document structure and basic tags
3. have created a 'public_html' directory in your School of Information
server space
4. know how to transfer files to and from your School of Information server

• Create PDF, text-only and HTML versions of your resume
• Link HTML resume to MS Word, PDF and text-only versions
• Upload MS Word, PDF, text-only and HTML resumes to your School of Information server space
• Link your resume to the School of Information Career Center Web page
• Review privacy and safety issues in Web publishing

Though the content of your resume remains the same whether you send it by post, e-mail, fax, or put it on the WWW, you will need to put your resume into several distinct formats. This tutorial will walk you step-by-step through the process of converting your MS Word resume into PDF, text-only and HTML versions.

MS Word format - a text file that can be viewed using Microsoft Word
PDF - Portable Document Format - a downloadable file that is viewed using Adobe Acrobat Reader
Text-only or Simple Text - a "scannable" document used when applying for jobs by e-mail or submitting your resume via a form on the Web
HTML - a resume that is formatted for the WWW. It can be hyperlinked to companies where you've worked, websites you've designed or contain email links to your references.

Why so many versions?
You never know what the employer's preference might be. Having multiple versions of your resume on the Web insures that the version your potential employer prefers will be available.

Before you begin, have a look at the final product of this tutorial - an HTML Resume with links to MS Word, text-only and PDF formatted resumes.

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