ASCII ABCs: Plain Text Resumes
= American Standard Code of Information Interchange
ask for a "text resume," they are requesting an ASCII
resume. Synonyms for ASCII include text resume, plain text
resume, simple text, text only, text with breaks, and electronic
defining characteristic of a text resume is its lack of formatting. In other words, ASCII resumes contain no bolding, italics, fancy
bullets, centered text, tabs, bullets, or special fonts.
job search situations require different file formats. If you are
pasting your resume into the body of an email message, the "Text
Only with Line Breaks" format works best. If you are pasting
the resume into online forms, a "Text Only" file format
(without line breaks) will provide better results.
to Create a Text Resume for e-Mail
Text Resume with Breaks – Sample
you need to paste your resume into an e-mail message,
the best approach is to use an ASCII text resume WITH line breaks. To create this format, follow these directions:
your MS Word resume. Make any changes. Add job specific
keywords to your resume to optimize
- Change the margins for the entire document to 1 inch
on the left and 2.5 inches on the right. (This will
shorten the line length and make the document easier
the file, using a DIFFERENT file name, such as resume4email.
File, Save As.
- Choose Text Only with Line Breaks, then click Save.
- Open Windows' text editor Notepad, to clean
up the new file. Make sure the bullets converted properly.
Add one space between paragraphs to improve readability,
and eliminate gaps within lines caused by tabs or indents.
- Save the changes in Notepad by clicking File, Save.
emailing the resume, it's a good idea to check your work.
Open Notepad, then copy and paste the file into an email
message. To get an idea of how the resume will look once
delivered, send the file to yourself AND to a friend who
uses a different email program.
to Create a Text Resume for an Online Form
AKA: Plain Text Resume with No
Breaks – Sample
your objective is to paste your resume into an online form,
it's best to use a Text Only format (without line
breaks). To create this format, follow the instructions
your MS Word formatted resume. Make any changes, such
as adding job-specific keywords.
the file, using a DIFFERENT file name, such as resume4eforms.
Click File, Save As. Choose Text Only,
then click Save.
Windows' text editor, Notepad, to clean up the
new file. Make sure the bullets converted properly, add
one space between paragraphs to improve readability, and
eliminate gaps within lines caused by tabs or indents.
the changes in Notepad by clicking File, Save.
Your resume – and any additional information you provide
on paper or through consultation –
is considered confidential and private.
Names, addresses, and e-mails of clients
prospective clients are "private" and not sold or traded.
Pat Kendall, NCRW. All Rights Reserved.