Prepare Resume in text format for posting

The process for posting your resume depends on the file format of your resume

  1. Prepare Word Document or Text-Based Document then copy to clipboard.
  2. Paste into your profile on the CollectiveNet Website.


Microsoft Word Documents:

Your posted resume should come from a text-based file (.txt).  If you do not already have such a file, you will need to convert the Word version of your resume into a text-based file.  In the conversion process Word will discard all non-text aspects of your file.  This means that essentially all formatting will be removed from your file.  For a discussion of how different formatting issues are handled in conversion see Format Conversion.

  1. Open the .doc file containing your resume in Word.
  2. Peform a Save As.  Where it says Save as type, look in the pull-down menu for Plain Text. Do not use the rich text format (.rtf).  In the subsequent dialog box:
  3. The result will be a document with a name similar to the Word document, but instead of a .doc extension, it will have a .txt extension. 
  4. Continue with the instructions for a Text-Based Document.

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Text-Based Documents:

To get the best results from your text-based resume, here are some tips and tricks.

  1. Open the .txt file in Notepad. Do NOT use WordPad.
  2. In Notepad, immediately turn off word wrap.
  3.    To do this, in the Format pull-down, make sure that Word Wrap does NOT have a check mark next to it.  If you leave word wrapping on when you save the file, Notepad assumes that the current width of Notepad should be used for the line length. It will automatically insert its own carriage returns. This can make for some really ugly formatting when you re-open the document and desire some other line length.
  4. If individual paragraphs are spread across multiple lines,
  5. If you start at the bottom and go to the top, you can efficiently use repeatedly the keystroke sequence: up arrow, End, Delete.
  6. Add or delete vertical whitespace (e.g., "Enter" or "Return" key) as needed. Hints:
  7. Press Ctrl-S to save the .txt file.
  8. Press Ctrl-A to select the entire contents of Notepad.
  9. Press Ctrl-C to copy what is selected into the clipboard.
  10. Continue with the instructions for CollectiveNet Website.

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LinkedIn Profile for use in our CollectiveNet LinkedIn Group:

The LinkedIn Profile is not a resume. It consists of sections that might makeup a resume:
(Note: Items in [ ] brackets are optional choice selections.)

  1. Basic Information
  2. Summary
  3. Experience - Positions
  4. Education
  5. Recommendations - You can ask others for recommendations.
  6. (Suggestion: If you 'exchange' recommendations with a friend, assure a time lapse between, so it is not so obvious!)
  7. Additional Information
  8. Personal Information   (This is entirely optional and safer being omitted)
  9. Contact Settings

Sign in to LinkedIn or Join LinkedIn. Under the Profile menu item select 'Edit Profile'.
Click on the Edit link to edit that section.
The typical copy and paste techniques work here as well.
Be sure to [Save Changes] or Cancel when finished with each section.
For illustrated instructions, see our Resources: How To Slide Show List.

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Format Conversion:

When you do a Save As to convert your Word document to a text-based document, Word handles common formatting elements as described below.  You can choose to control the process by replacing any/all of these formatting elements yourself before converting the file to a text-based document.  If you do go this route please be sure to make a backup copy of your nicely formatted resume before altering anything.

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Updated 10/17/2018