Resume Tips, Part 4: Online résumés and Europass CV

Online résumés

Many employers and job-seekers use the Internet almost exclusively in their search. Keeping résumés exclusively in electronic format has altered the dynamic of résumé reading and writing in several ways.

* Job seekers must choose a file format in which to maintain their résumé. Many employers insist on receiving résumés only as Microsoft Word documents. Others will accept résumés formatted in HTML, PDF, or plain ASCII text.
* Many potential employers now find candidates' résumés through search engines, which makes it more important for candidates to use appropriate keywords when writing a résumé.
* Including an e-mail address in an online résumé may expose the job seeker to spam.

Don't forget to update your resume!
Every three months, pull out your resume, dust it off, and update.

If you maintain your resume, you'll find it all ready to go when you need it for your next performance appraisal or job search.

Europass CV

There are many sites about Europass, the official one is Its purpose is to help all users to create, with a simple wizard, a Curriculum vitae or a Language passport in the "European Format", and to get information about the other Europass documents.

What is Europass

Whether you are planning to enrol in an education or training programme, looking for a job, or getting experience abroad, it is important to be able to make your skills and competences clearly understood.

Europass is a new way of helping people to:

  • make their skills and qualifications clearly and easily understood in Europe (European Union, EFTA/EEA and candidate countries);
  • move anywhere in Europe.

Europass consists of five documents:

Europass is supported by a network of National Europass Centres.
Europass has been established by the Decision No 2241/2004/EC of the European Parliament and the Council of 15 December 2004 on a single transparency framework for qualifications and competences.

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