Is Your Resume Portable? Job Expert Suggests Keeping iResume
New York — March 4
It could well happen to you. You are sitting next to someone on a plane, train or bus, and in the course of conversation, you discover they are with a company you would really like to work for. You can exchange business cards and tell them you will send your resume when you reach your destination. Or you can instantly transmit your resume to them via your PDA or hand them a flash memory stick to download all your credentials on the spot. “Whether it is traveling internationally, or at a party or even standing on line for a movie, you can never tell when a career opportunity might present itself,” said Robert Graber, founder of online career site, WallStJobs.com, “and the impact of instantly transmitting a resume is hard to beat.”
Graber notes that with today’s competitive employment market, you should always be prepared to initiate a job search. “Having an up-to-date resume and some supporting documents such as articles — you may have published or periodicals in which you were quoted — will make a profound impression.”
Graber suggests you prepare a few “iResumes” that can be downloaded via a USB Flash drive or transmitted via your PDA. “Ideally you should have both Word and PDF formats.” he said. “You might have more than one iResume at the ready . . . one that is more industry focused, in addition to a more skill-centered version to choose from depending on the circumstance.”
Graber advises using only a PDF format for sending articles, awards or trade papers you are featured in to preserve their visual format and maximize their impact when opened.
“You may have to e-mail yourself these files from another source to have them in the e-mail history of your portable device,” Graber notes, “so be sure to highlight which iResume or article is which in the subject line so you can find it quickly. And take care that these e-mails don’t get archived off the device as new mail comes in.”
“These career moments can happen quickly,” Graber noted, “but don’t forget to follow up with your new contact. Be certain you get a business card or have that individual give you their information via their electronic device and check to see that it comes through accurately.”