Today's job seekers need to know how to create a resume that can be sent by email and that can be easily opened by employers and recruiters:

  • Fill your resume with industry-specific keywords, so you don’t get overlooked in company databases.

  • Stick to file size limits.

  • Send your resume in the requested file format. For example, in Word. Note that some companies may prefer PDF or another format. When in doubt, always ask.

  • Use simple, plain fonts.

  • Avoid using graphics, photos, clip art or special characters — unless you’re applying for a creative role.

  • Scan your files regularly for viruses.

  • Limit resume posting to a few job sites to help you track your job hunting activity and to avoid applying for the same job more than once.

  • Keep track of the user names and passwords you use when registering on employment sites.

  • For advertised vacancies, put the job title and reference number in the subject line of the email.

  • Ensure the employment details you provide on your resume are consistent with those that can be found on your LinkedIn profile.

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