Preventing Employer Backlash Against Online Resumes, Tips One Can Follow Against Employer's Backlash

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  • Poorly crafted online resume.

  • This promising new mode of job-hunting may be losing its effectiveness.

  • It is quite okay to send resumes directly to the employers.

Tips One Can Follow Against Employer’s Backlash

  • Employers often come across online resumes from applicants who aren’t qualified.

  • One should make sure that he/she should send online resume in response to specific openings only.

  • Also one should be sure that he/she is qualified to fill those openings.

  • One should not send resume as an attachment unless an employer’s Website or want ad specifically requests an attachment.

  • Major problems may occur while opening attachments at the recipient’s computer.

  • E-mailed resumes are often poorly formatted.

  • Read the guidelines for scannable resumes.

  • The scannable resume is a print tool and it is also a text-based document.

  • Keywords are essential as employers search resumes by keyword.

  • Publishing resume on a Web page and simply directing the employer to ones Web resume.

  • A resume should always be accompanied by a cover letter.

  • Using text (ASCII) format for both your cover letter and resume.

  • The letter should be concised and limited too few screens only.

  • Some e-mail programs don’t have spell-checker features unlike most word-processing programs.

  • One can also compose his/her letter in a word-processing program:

    • Can be served as ones follow-up hard copy.

    • Spell-check it.

    • Copy and paste it into an e-mail message.

    • One can enhance the readability of online cover letter with bullets created out of lower-case letter o’s, plus signs (+), dashes (-), and asterisks ().

  • Both the resume and the cover letter should be send as one unified e-mail message.

  • Keywords are especially important in e-mailed cover letter.

  • These keywords are being picked up by the employers through search engines while looking for candidates who meet the company’s criteria.

  • Employers feel pestered by online resumes being sent continuously seeking for instant responses.

  • Employers receive 100 or more e-resumes a day on an average.

  • Follow-up is important and it should be done once in every 3-4 weeks.

  • It is quite appropriate to remind the employer that as a candidate he/she is still interested thereby briefly highlighting one or two qualifications.