Finding the right job is all about casting the right net.
You may not realize it, but employers are looking for you.
You are lucky to be a job seeker in a strong labor market.
Employers can't wait to show you why you should join their
team! But employers can't find you until you've posted your
experience resume in the experience.com job center. If
you have an existing resume, or if you're starting from
scratch, we've created seven quick steps to a fully
searchable resume-which means it's easy for employers to find
you. Here are some frequently asked questions to help
you get started:
1. What's the first step I need to take to post my resume
Go to www.experience.com and register.
Registration takes two minutes, and is free to all users. If
you're already registered, go to http://www.experience.com/student/jobcenter.jsp
to create your resume.
2. I notice that I can't just "upload" my resume on
experience.com anymore. Why is that?
While the PDF format is convenient for viewing formatting of
existing documents (like cover letters and writing samples),
these documents are only searchable by keyword, which makes
it difficult for employers to find you. By using drop-down
lists and check boxes we can make better matches between
employers and candidates. As an added bonus, if you don't
have an existing resume, we walk you through a seven-step
resume creation process to ensure that you provide employers
with the information they are looking for.
3. Are there any shortcuts when filling out my
We set up the resume so you can fill it out in sections and
can save your information after each step. If you have an
existing resume, you can save extra time by keeping it open
on your desktop so you can cut and paste elements from it
into the text boxes on the experience resume.
4. What information should I be prepared to
The resume is broken into seven steps: (1) contact
information; (2) academic information; (3) work experience,
including internships and summer jobs; (4) skills; (5)
hobbies; (6) a description of your ideal job; and (7)
existing documents. The seventh step allows you to cut and
paste an existing document (a resume, cover letter, or
writing sample) into a text box so it can be attached to your
experience resume. Once you complete these steps,
you'll have a neatly formatted resume that you can view,
print, or see in text format. You should feel free to use
your experience resume offline or on other websites or
5. What is the point of the Career Objective? What if I'm
not totally sure about what I want to do?
Don't worry! Your Career Objective can be as general as
you'd like it to be. Most employers don't expect that you
know exactly "what you want to be when you grow up." Instead,
they are looking for some additional information about your
interests and short-term goals. Some examples of career
objectives are: "To use my writing skills in a full-time
job," or "To join a team-oriented company and contribute in
whatever way I can." Since entry-level job seekers aren't
expected to have tons of work experience, employers consider
the Career Objective as another way to pick the right
candidate. Keep in mind that your career objective will be
the first thing an employer sees next to your name, so take
care when creating it.
6. After I've entered all my information, how easy is it
to make edits later on?
You can always make edits to your resume. By going to the
View Current Resume button, you can view your entire resume
at once and click on any of the corresponding edit keys to
7. Once I've entered my information, what happens
If you choose to "post" your resume, employers will be able
to search for you in the resume database. When your resume
matches the criteria that they are looking for, employers
will contact you using the information you have provided on
your resume. If you don't post your resume, you will still be
able to search for and apply for jobs, but employers will not
be able to search for you.
8. If I'm already employed, how can I be sure my current
employer isn't going to see my resume online?
Two ways: You can either hide your name and contact
information on the Resume Status page, or you can elect to
not post your resume, and use it for applications only.
9. I'm a freshman. Is it worth posting my information on
You bet it is. Employers say one of the main things they
look for on job applications is internships.
experience.com has an entire section of internships that all college
students are encouraged to apply to. Regardless of your
career aspirations, any internship is great experience and
shows a future employer that you are ready for the real
10. What happens once I apply to a job or once an employer
finds me in the resume database?
Even though all of your communications with employers will
take place outside of our web site, we would love to hear
about the results of your job search. Email us and let us
know about your new job! We'll even send you at