Email Resume For Your First Job - Online Article

ASCII Text mail is more acceptable .. !!

Follow these step-by-step instructions and you'll have a perfectly clean ASCII text resume.

Use this version of your resume for e-mail, unless you have received specific directions from the recruiter/employer to use another format. This is also the version of your resume that you will use most often to cut-and-paste into the resume forms on Web job sites.

Converting a Word document to ASCII text:

  1. Spell check and then re-save your resume in your word processing program (e.g. Word) before you move to the next step.
  2. Open a simple text editor like Notepad (on the PC, under Start > Programs > Accessories > Notepad) or SimpleText (on the Mac)
  3. Start Word (or your word processing program if you're not using Word), if it is not already open.
  4. In Word (or your word processing program), open the file for your resume. If you make any changes, be sure to double-check your spelling and grammar before you save the file.
  5. Highlight all the text in your Word document by -
    • Clicking on Edit > Select All, or
    • Using your mouse to run from the top of the file to the bottom, or
    • On your PC, holding down the Control and the "a" keys simultaneously.

      Highlight -- You will know that the text is highlighted because the background and letters of highlighted content are in reverse from their normal state (black background with white letters is the highlighted state for normal black letters on a white background).

      Don't let your mouse "touch down" anywhere in the document's window, or the highlighting will go away, and you will have to start over again.

  6. Copy the highlighted text into your computer's temporary storage (the "Clipboard" in a PC) by -
    • Clicking on Edit > Copy, or
    • On your PC, press the Control and the "c" keys simultaneously.

Move to your simple text editor, most probably Notepad (step 1, above), and paste the copy of your resume file into this new editor.

  1. Click inside the Notepad window, and then
  2. Click on Edit > Paste, or
  3. On your PC, press the Control and the "v" keys simultaneously.
  4. Save as plain text.
  5. Select File > Save As, and then
  6. ame the file resume.txt (or whatever.txt), with
  7. In Notepad, Text Documents selected as the "File of Type"

You aren't done yet! You need to adjust the text to make it more readable and interesting. You will notice that your resume, in Notepad, is not as "pretty" as it was before. That's because it is now plain text. All special formats, like bolding and italicizing, have been removed, as have any graphics or other non-text elements. (Now you know why it is called "plain" text!) This is a good thing! At least, for e-mail, it is. You can, and should, take some steps to improve the way ASCII text looks. It still won't be beautiful, but it will be more acceptable.

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