A traditional paper resume, ideally one or two pages long, documents your educational and occupational history, including job duties and accomplishments. It also contains contact information and details on memberships, awards, career highlights, civic involvements, personal interests, and preferences. Such a resume can be made from scratch, produced through a template in a word processing program or created through a professional service.
Traditional Resume Online
The traditional resume doesn't have to be on paper. Many employers like to see traditional resumes but prefer to receive them electronically, as an email attachment or pasted into the body of an email. A resume can also be placed online on job search sites, personal and professional websites and social networking sites. If you're using free sites, it costs nothing extra to send out resumes, which are tweaked from company to company.
The traditional resume is not obsolete -- yet. Employers still get piles of paper resumes on their desks when they have job openings, but Web resumes have been pushing traditional resumes toward the door. Job hunters shouldn't give up their traditional resumes, but they should be aware of Web resumes and consider the value of online presence.
The Web resume compiles the information found in a traditional resume but doesn't stop there. It can resemble a traditional resume, but it is not bound by a page length or even by the concept of pages. It can be a slideshow, video or website with your name as the domain name. A Web resume can utilize colors and graphics in ways that may not work well with a traditional resume format. Place your resume on the Web using a resume service or do-it-yourself online application. LinkedIn, for example, uses information already stored in your account to develop a resume.
How to Best Use Both Formats
People who have built up impressive Web resumes shouldn't give up on their traditional resumes just yet. Many employers still want to hold a resume in their hands; not everyone is digital-age savvy. A traditional resume provides a different look at a prospective employee, and in tight competition in a tough economy, a job seeker can use the extra look. Many company interviewers still like to see a job candidate bring a paper resume to an interview.