Preparing Your Resume for the Internet

If you're submitting your resume online it's important to do it correctly. Learn all about online resume submission here.

Preparing your resume for the Internet


A majority of job hunting is now conducted online, which means you need to understand the rules and strategies for emailing and posting your resume on the Internet. Protecting your identity and making sure your resume gets through online are two important concerns for job seekers. After all, you've spent a lot of time preparing your resume, so you want to make sure it is effectively received by potential employers without having to sacrifice your privacy.

In this lesson, you will learn how to format a resume for privacy and online posting. You will also learn rules and strategies for effective emailing to potential employers.

Watch the video below to learn how to prepare your resume for the Internet.

Emailing your resume

Because most correspondence with potential employers is now conducted by email, it is important for you to understand how to send your resume online. With some jobs, you can simply attach your resume to the email. However, some companies and hiring managers avoid attachments from untrusted sources due to the possibility of obtaining viruses from the attachment.

So how do you send your resume via email?

The job posting will usually give instructions for submitting your resume. If attachments are not allowed, you'll need to create a plain-text version of your resume and copy and paste it into the body of your email. We will show you how to do this later in this lesson.

Sample Email

Here are some additional tips for emailing your resume:

Creating a plain-text resume

Because most job hunting is now conducted online, you will need to create a plain-text resume for emailing and/or online posting. A plain-text resume contains no formatting other than line breaks and is ready to copy and paste into email message body windows, online forms, and text fields.

To copy your resume text into a simple text editor:

  1. Spell check and Save your resume in Microsoft Word (or your word processing program).
  2. Open a simple text editor, like Notepad on a PC or TextEdit on a Mac.
  3. Return to your Microsoft Word resume. Press Ctrl+A to highlight your resume text. (If you're not familiar with using shortcuts, you can review our Keyboard Shortcuts lesson.)
  4. Press Ctrl+C to copy the text. Move to the simple text editor and press Ctrl+V to copy your resume into the text editor.
  5. Click File > Save As and name and save your plain-text document (yournameresume.txt).

Note that a plain-text resume should not replace a nicely formatted resume created with a word processing program. Once you have made direct contact with a potential employer, a hiring manager will likely want a copy of your formatted version.

Additional resume formatting tips

Formatting a plain-text resume

Once you have created a plain-text resume, you will need to format it to create a clean, legible document. You will see that all formatting (e.g., bold, bullets, font size) has been eliminated. Below are examples of how you can use your keyboard to create new formatting for your plain-text resume.

Use the following keys to replace formatting:

sample plain text resume clip

Be sure to proof your resume. Make sure all incorrect and unnecessary formatting from your Microsoft Word document has been eliminated.

Review a sample Plain-Text Resume.