Extended Learning Module I
Welcome to the 21st century—the anytime, anywhere job market. In this information
age, Internet technology has undoubtedly had an impact on résumé development, job
networking, and their effectiveness in uncovering hidden job opportunities. The Internet
provides instant access to job-market intelligence, such as: who is hiring, what skills are
in demand, and how much those skills are worth—24 hours a day. For the ﬁ
rst time ever,
individual job seekers have access to the same information once available only to corpo-
rate insiders and recruiters.
Although there are many forms of electronic recruitment, this module will concen-
trate on electronic documents that you as a potential employee need to have prepared to
compete in today’s electronic job market. The ﬁ
nal product will be an electronic portfo-
lio designed to help you successfully promote yourself in the electronic job market.
In this module, we assume that you are familiar with the Internet and research tools
and have at least a little knowledge of HTML. For a review of the Internet, see
Learning Module B.
For a review of HTML, refer to
Extended Learning Module F.
To learn to build an electronic portfolio using FrontPage, see
The Electronic Job Market—Extending
The online recruiting industry has been developing for several years and is poised for
explosive growth. It happens all the time. A new industry forms and simmers for a while,
and then someone discovers the last piece of the puzzle, the missing link that explodes
the industry out of its infancy, into the limelight, and into the mainstream.
Since the early 1990s the term electronic portfolio (e-portfolio) has been described
in a range of ways, with most recognizing the primary role of information and commu-
nications technologies in describing the “e.” Common to most deﬁ
nitions is the rela-
tionship with paper-based portfolios (or résumés) that have traditionally been used as
documented evidence of experience and achievement. Formally, an
is a cohesive, powerful, and well-designed collection of electronic docu-
ments that demonstrate your skills, education, professional development, and the ben-
ts you offer to a hiring organization.