What exactly is meant by the phrase internet-ready resume? If you are confused by the many different types of resumes required for an internet job search — email resumes, scannable resumes, keyword resumes, text resumes, ASCII resumes, PDF resumes, Word resumes, and traditional resumes–you definitely aren’t alone!

Using the internet in your job search is far more efficient and less expensive than other job search methods. However, to conduct an effective job search it is crucial that you maintain your resume (and cover letter) in the various required formats. But more importantly, it is crucial that you know how and when to use the various resume formats. A mistake in this area has the potential to be devastating to your search. I can’t tell you, for example, how many times I have had a prospective client of my resume writing practice email me the resume they have been using without success, hoping that I can tell them what is wrong with it. Sadly, many times these files are sent in non-standard formats that I am unable to open using standard business software. Many other times, when the file does open, the content is a jumbled mess of unreadable characters or the design concepts used are too customized to the individual computer and what may have originally been an attractive document is just an ugly mess because it is incompatible with my system. I always wonder how many dozens of opportunities they may have missed out on, simply because they didn’t understand the basic best practices when it comes to sending electronic files during your search.

In this video, I explain not just the different types of files you will need. I also show you how to create a plain ASCII text resume and demonstrate exactly how and when you would use each of the various resume formats. Enjoy!