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Knowing which file format is best

From: Creating an Effective Resume

Video: Knowing which file format is best

You've done all of this work on your resume. You've dotted the I's and you've crossed the T's. And you've definitely double-checked the spelling. Everything looks perfect. Now you've uploaded your masterpiece to a resume bank and the formatting totally falls apart. It's happened to the best of us. So, what should you do so your formatting doesn't fall to pieces? Before I answer that question, let's look at some of the potential problems that could arise.

Knowing which file format is best

You've done all of this work on your resume. You've dotted the I's and you've crossed the T's. And you've definitely double-checked the spelling. Everything looks perfect. Now you've uploaded your masterpiece to a resume bank and the formatting totally falls apart. It's happened to the best of us. So, what should you do so your formatting doesn't fall to pieces? Before I answer that question, let's look at some of the potential problems that could arise.

For instance, you may not be aware what a recruiter may have to go through on the receiving end. Did you know that recruiters many times have to copy and paste your resume into their own format in their database? It depends on the recruiter and applicant tracking system that they use. This is also known as ATS for short. Newer ATS apps will read just about any format, but unfortunately, many recruiters and corporations don't have the new apps.

They also have to copy and paste your resume into a standard format prior to sending on to their clients. The sad truth is all of the formatting you've done and all of your hard work may end up looking nothing like the masterpiece that you created. But take heart, this isn't always the case, and once you get the interview you will need to bring several copies of your masterpiece with you. The best thing to do is to save your resume to many different file formats as part of your job-search toolbox.

We will be going into detail about how and why to save to different file formats throughout this chapter. We'll be learning how to save your resume into several different file formats, whether you need to send in Word format to a recruiter, send in PDF to a direct employer, or upload an RTF format to resume banks. Adding these formats to your job-search toolbox will prepare you for just about any situation.

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Creating an Effective Resume

49 video lessons · 28109 viewers

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  1. 3m 51s
    1. Welcome
      1m 23s
    2. Using the exercise files
      54s
    3. Filling out the career management worksheet
      1m 34s
  2. 29m 13s
    1. Creating a marketing campaign
      2m 50s
    2. Discovering your dream job
      3m 39s
    3. Understanding the importance of keywords
      2m 14s
    4. Finding essential keywords
      6m 34s
    5. Incorporating action verbs
      4m 51s
    6. Getting results using PAR statements
      4m 40s
    7. Researching the employer
      4m 25s
  3. 37m 2s
    1. Targeting your resume
      7m 16s
    2. Sidestepping blunders and the "10-Second Screen-Out"
      5m 44s
    3. Deciding on resume length
      6m 29s
    4. Keeping your resume concise
      5m 23s
    5. Refreshing your resume
      4m 52s
    6. Critiquing your resume
      3m 31s
    7. Avoiding identity theft
      3m 47s
  4. 21m 14s
    1. Entering the workforce
      7m 48s
    2. Filling in employment gaps
      5m 21s
    3. Dealing with long-term employment
      3m 9s
    4. Switching career paths
      4m 56s
  5. 12m 38s
    1. Understanding resume jargon
      1m 27s
    2. Reverse chronological
      2m 25s
    3. Functional
      6m 11s
    4. Combined chrono-functional
      2m 35s
  6. 7m 1s
    1. Understanding the curriculum vitae (CV)
      3m 29s
    2. Working with online resumes and portfolios
      3m 32s
  7. 41m 23s
    1. Formatting fundamentals for your resume
      6m 39s
    2. Including (or not including) an objective
      4m 10s
    3. Creating a headline
      5m 1s
    4. Writing a qualifications summary
      4m 47s
    5. Showcasing achievements vs. listing job duties
      5m 31s
    6. Including technical information
      5m 22s
    7. Putting your education to work
      4m 41s
    8. Including awards, honors, and other information
      5m 12s
  8. 19m 1s
    1. Knowing which file format is best
      2m 10s
    2. Saving to earlier versions of Word
      2m 48s
    3. Saving as a PDF
      5m 27s
    4. Creating a RTF version
      3m 54s
    5. Saving to HTML format
      4m 42s
  9. 15m 9s
    1. Evaluating online resume banks
      5m 32s
    2. Writing effective names for resume banks
      3m 43s
    3. Double-checking formatting after uploading
      2m 45s
    4. Becoming too visible
      3m 9s
  10. 21m 45s
    1. Creating a cover letter
      7m 47s
    2. Compiling your references
      4m 35s
    3. Writing thank-you notes
      5m 38s
    4. Printing, copying, and the importance of paper
      3m 45s
  11. 52s
    1. Goodbye
      52s

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