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These articles by Melinda Sherwood were published in U.S. 1
Newspaper on October 27, 1999. All rights reserved.
Resumes Online: Words, Not Looks
A beautifully designed resume on heavy-stock paper is
becoming an anachronism today because of E-mail, but Sree
a young biologist and Internet expert, says that electronic media
are dictating more than just style points — it’s changing the
content of resumes as well. "It used to be a person was judged
by how nice it looked, how professional it was, but now it is the
details of that person’s history."
The kind of details that would overburden a paper resume are currency
in today’s electronic environment, explains Yedavalli, because human
resource managers convert print resumes to a database and then search
on key words. "It’s become a play on words, rather than a play
on visual cues," says Yedavalli, who leads "Job Search on
the Internet," a seminar on Friday, October 29, at 5 p.m., offered
by Business Express Inc. at 660 Plainsboro Road. Offered every other
Friday, the course costs $50. Call 609-799-3580.
The seminar covers the efficacy of job searching the traditional way
versus job searching on the Net. Yedavalli helps attendees revise
their resume for online use. "They can look at their resume and
see where the faults are for an Internet setting, and it could be
reformatted and streamlined," he says.
Yedavalli, who received his BS in biology from Knox College, Class
of 1993, is teaching computer courses while waiting for the next job
to appear. "Since I’ve been out of school I’ve been using the
Internet to get jobs — there’s nothing permanent about molecular
biology — and I have an interview next week based strictly on
the Internet," he says.
The turnaround time for resumes received online is quicker because
it makes the job of human resource reps easier. "Usually the human
resource rep has to take the physical resume and put it into a
says Yedavalli. "They have to scan the paper into a digital
edit out all the text, and apply it to the database. Through E-Mail,
the rep has much of the work done."
Among Yedavalli’s favorite job sites: Careerpath.com and Monster.com.
Both offer the ability to modify the resume and cover letter online
to fit the job. "By fax or hand you would have to retype it every
time," he says. "It makes your search a lot more
The sites also offer privacy protection, so if an employer is scanning
resumes online, he or she can’t see a resume of someone in the same
office. When conducting a job search using the Internet, Yedavalli
stresses the following:
resume is actually pretty text oriented," says Yedavalli.
no changes in font or style. It’s content you’re looking for."
the job so when the company searches on a particular skill your resume
rises to the top. "Details about what you do are good — years,
company names. You’re writing so that the database can find you online
your job search solely online," Yedavalli says. "Then you’ve
shot yourself in the foot. The advantages of online job searching
is that you may direct your search and you may actually get people
to help you out in your endeavors."
each day for ads that fit the parameters of jobseekers. "These
are electronic recruiters in essence," says Yedavalli. "You
give the location, your position and what you seek, and they E-mail
you every day saying there’s X number of jobs. It’s very proactive
in that all of the looking part is given to you."
That naturally increases the volume of resumes sent in on any given
job, but Yedavalli insists that the heightened competition doesn’t
dilute the impact of a resume sent online. "You are putting
in the same pool as everyone else, yes, but that’s why what you put
in the resume makes a difference," he says. Besides, he adds,
you may get some pleasant surprises. "The Internet makes the job
search fun because, wow, you get hits that you never knew you might
have skills for! All of a sudden you get a chance to reexamine what
you really know and what you can do."
Could the smallpox virus be alive and well and waiting
to attack innocent citizens in Princeton? According to Richard
Preston, author of "The Hot Zone" and "The Cobra
there is a growing suspicion that the smallpox virus may live in
laboratories in a number of countries around the world. The U.S.
maintains a classified list of nations and groups with unauthorized
interests in smallpox. The list is said to include governments and
suspected extremist organizations in Russia, China, India, Pakistan,
Israel, North Korea, Iran, Iraq, Cuba, and Serbia.
Preston is a featured speaker in a free seminar sponsored by the
Center at Princeton on Wednesday, October 27, at 7:30 p.m. at
Auditorium. Call 609-497-4190 for information.
The seminar, entitled "Bad Things Come in Small Packages:
and Public Health at the New Millennium," also features Donald
A. Henderson, a professor at Johns Hopkins University and director
Center for Civilian Biodefense Studies; Christine M. Grant,
commissioner, New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services;
and Michael Lemonick, Time Magazine, who will moderate.
Henderson and Preston are standard-bearers in a growing national
about the real possibilities of a bioterrorist attack. The seminar
marks the 80th anniversary of the Medical Center at Princeton, which
was conceived in 1918 during the great "flu" epidemic that
killed 20 million people worldwide.
Smallpox was eliminated from the human species in 1979 following a
12-year effort by a World Health Organization team led by Henderson.
At the present time, smallpox lives officially in only two secure
repositories on the planet — at the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia, and at the State Research
of Virology and Biotechnology — also known as Vector — in
In an article in the July 12 New Yorker, "The Demon in the
Preston points out that smallpox is a perfect bioterror agent. During
the 10-day incubation period following exposure, the victim feels
completely normal but is transmitting the disease through the air
to anyone nearby. It is explosively contagious, and some smallpox
outbreaks have been more than 50 percent fatal. People, even those
vaccinated during the final eradication effort 25 years ago, retain
no immunity to the disease. There is very little smallpox vaccine
on hand in the U.S. or anywhere else in the world, and that which
is available may have lost its effectiveness.
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