Here's how to choose the right file format for your resume
If you decide to submit your resume as PDF, make sure it’s saved in a standard resume format and is “readable,” meaning a system can rip the text from it. To ensure that yours is readable, simply check if you can highlight lines of text from it. If you can, you’re all set. If you can’t, an ATS system won’t be able to read it.
Go back to your original resume file, save it as a doc and then save it as a PDF.
Tailor your format to the recipient
If you’re worried that that the company you’re applying to may have an older ATS system, then you can play it safe.
“When in doubt, submit a doc file to applicant tracking systems and a PDF to recruiters,” Reynolds says.
This ensures your information gets scanned properly in a tracking system and at the same time looks exactly the way you’d like it to when being reviewed by an actual human.
Or on the other hand, if you’ve used a unique font or want to make sure other details of your resume appear to your hiring manager exactly as they do to you, you can go with a PDF file. Just make sure you don’t have any images or multiple columns, which could throw off the resume-reading software.
“If you’re applying online,” Song says, “it’s best to play it safe and prioritize the accessibility of your information over an interesting design.”
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