The Web Resume Posting Technique

So you've developed your Web resume (in HTML or Flash format) and you are ready post it to the Web? First of all, make sure your HTML resume is correctly formatted. Just because your word processor has a "Save as HTML…" or "Save as Web Page…" does not necessarily mean that the end result will be pretty. Open the saved file with your Web browser to see how it formats. Then make changes to it for proper formatting before posting it online.

The key to posting your HTML resume online is to make certain that it will be found. It is not enough to create your resume and simply post it at your university's Web server, then wait for visitors. You will not be found.

I have a friend who made his HTML resume available through his local Internet Service Provider and added a counter on the page to tell him how many times it had been viewed. He was quite excited to learn that it had been viewed over twenty times, until he realized that those twenty times all came from the same address—his own. Lesson learned—to be found, you must be findable.

The key to being found is being linked by another site or search engine. When a search engine robot (such as those used by Google, Alta Vista, and Webcrawler) visits a site, it indexes all linked pages at the site. It is not enough to be located at the site; you must be linked to from somewhere else within the site (or an external site). Then the search engine will automatically index all the words found on your page, which will come up in keyword searches at their site. If your university allows links to student resumes (check with your Career Center), this is your best connection. Otherwise, check with the developers of other externally accessible pages to request a link.

Then take it one step further. Publicize your page. Just as a company would publicize its home page, you should do the same for your resume home page.

There are literally scores of companies out there which specialize in automated search engine submission. Search for "search engine submission" at Yahoo! or Google and you'll get plenty of responses. Note that most want to charge you for the privilege. Surf past them to those which offer the basic service for free. The only hitch with some of these submission engines is that your e-mail address ends up on a spam list, so you may want to use a temporary Hotmail or Yahoo! address for the submission. In less than ten minutes, you can have your HTML resume (or entire site, if you have one) submitted to the majors for indexing. It does take time for the spiders to make their crawl, but within a few days your pages will begin showing up in the major search engines.

Caution: if you have a personal home page that is filled with mindless trivia about rock bands, inebriation, and/or stupid HTML links, with your resume included as a side note, do not submit it to the search engines. Keep a clean resume URL without the associated trivia. And do not link to your personal page from your resume unless you really, truly want a potential employer to see that side of you. Probably not.