How to Create and Upload a Resume Online
So much of the job search process takes place online. Not only do job seekers search for job listings online, but they often have to submit their job applications online too.
Because much of the job search is online, you need to be prepared to design a resume that works for the web. You need to know how to send resumes as emails and email attachments. You also need to know how to upload your resume to various job search sites and company sites.
Employers care whether or not you follow directions, and they generally want employers who are technologically savvy. Therefore, make sure you can do all these things without any problems.
Read below for tips on how to create a resume online, and how to upload a resume onto various online platforms.
How to Create a Resume Online
Some job search engines allow you to create a resume using their own resume builders. These resume builders walk you through the process of creating your resume, section by section. They even help you format your resume. For example, job seekers who use Indeed Resume can create a resume online in a variety of formats including Word, PDF, RTF, TXT, and HTML.
Once you have created a resume using a job search engine resume builder, the site will allow you to share the resume with employers on the job search engine. When you apply for jobs on the site, you can simply click on the saved resume you created on the site.
There are also apps and websites that allow you to build your own resume, as well as online resume templates, such as those on Google Docs. However, some of these cost money, so be sure to read the fine print.
Make sure you download a version of the resume you create online. This way, you will have a version on your computer, which you can use and edit even when you are not online.
You can then email and print your resume to share it with employers and networking contacts any time.
How to Upload a Resume Online
You will need to upload your resume online for a variety of reasons during your job search. Each reason will require a slightly different strategy for uploading your document.
You might need to upload a resume onto a job search engine or a company’s specific job site page. If you do not create a resume using their resume builder, but want to post your resume to the site, you will have to upload it. Again, you want your resume on the job search engine so that employers can see your resume, and/or so that you can submit your resume when applying to job openings listed on the site.
Some sites will include a text box where you can simply copy and paste your resume (or type it in directly, although you should save a version of this to your computer so you have a copy). If you do this, make sure that the format of your resume stays the same. You may have to edit your resume within the text box to make sure it still looks professional and well formatted.
However, some job sites don’t let you play with the formatting of the text in the text box. In that case, don’t worry about what it looks like, because it will be consistent with the other resumes in the database.
If you do not paste your resume, you will have to upload it. Typically, you will see a button that says “Upload” or “Upload Resume.” Click this button, and then click through your computer folders and files to find your resume, wherever you have it saved on your computer.
How to Send Your Resume in an Email
Sometimes you will send your resume to an employer via email. The options for doing this are similar to uploading a resume to a job search engine site or a company job site page.
One way to do this is to can simply copy and paste your resume into the body of an email. If you do this, make sure that the format of your resume stays the same as it does in your original document (sometimes fonts and spacing change in an email).
However, you usually want to avoid copying and pasting your resume in an email (unless specifically asked to do this).
It often looks messy and unprofessional. Also, without a message attached to the email, the employer will not know why you are sending the resume to him or her.
Generally, if you are submitting your application via email, your email message will include your cover letter (or at least a brief explanation for why you are writing). Then, you will attach your resume to the email.
To attach your resume, click the “upload” or “attach files” button on your email message (on some email platforms this button is a picture of a paper clip). Click the button, and then click through your computer folders and files to find your resume.
Tips to Remember When Uploading a Resume
- Make sure the resume is polished before uploading. The key factor, as in all resume writing, is to have a good, solid resume that reflects your skills and experiences and markets you as the ideal candidate for the job. The first step is therefore to start with a well-written and well-designed resume that you can edit into the various formats you'll need.
- Think about the resume title. Whether you upload your resume as an email attachment or on a job search site, the employer will see the title of your resume. A good title will simply include your name and the title of the job for which you are applying. Another option (especially if you are uploading a resume to post on a job site to share with multiple employers) is to include your desired title or career field, and a very brief (3-5 word) summary of what makes you a strong candidate. For example, your title could be “HR Manager – 10 years experience.” Avoid generic titles like “Resume,” or, even worse, “Resume 2” – this implies that you are applying to so many jobs that and can’t keep track of all your materials.
- Make sure the document can be opened. Follow any directions the employer or website asks about what format your resume should be in. Make sure to follow directions to avoid annoying an employer.
- Think about the level of privacy you want. If you are uploading a resume to a job search site, you will likely be asked whether or not you want the resume to be posted publicly. The benefit of a public resume is that employers can see your resume, and can reach out to you if they think you might be a good fit for a job. However, if you are still at your current job, and don’t want your employer to know about your job search, make your resume private. When it is private, only you can decide which employers see your job materials.
- Make sure the format is consistent. When you upload a document online, there is always a risk that the formatting will change. Always look at a preview of the downloaded document before publishing or emailing it. Make sure the format is consistent, and that there are no awkward gaps between pages or changes in font or style.
Storing Your Resume Online
It's a good idea to have a copy of your resume that's readily accessible online so you can apply for jobs wherever you have Internet access. An alternative to online resume sites is to use Google Docs to store your resume and cover letters. You can also use Dropbox to store your job materials.
Another Kind of Online Resume
A job posted online is only one kind of online resume. Another type of online resume is one that is made and accessed only online, and typically has its own URL.
This kind of online resume allows you to include images and even interactive infographics. You can embed links to other sites related to your work (such as your LinkedIn account, a website you developed, or an article you published). You can also include your work on multiple pages, creating a portfolio of your work.
Depending on your industry and the type of job you are interested, in an online resume can be a great way to highlight your skills and experience in a manner that is more visually appealing and engaging than a traditional resume. It can also show off your skills in web development or design, if these skills are relevant to your field.
However, keep in mind that many employers prefer more traditional resumes that are submitted as Word documents, PDFs, or other more typical formats. Be sure to only create an online resume if you know the employer would appreciate this, and if you think it shows your relevant skills.