Learn why and when to use a specific software for your resume, what are some of the standard software choices for resumes, why Microsoft Word matters when it comes to resumes and what is the best software to create your resume in. Stacey Gordon provides valuable insight into resume friendly software in this video.
- Have you ever sent your resume to a recruiter only to have them ask you to send it back to them in a specific format? Ever wondered why? Or have you been in the middle of an online job application trying again and again to upload your resume, only to keep receiving the same error message? Whether you're in the Apple or the Microsoft camp, when working with resumes, a PDF document will be your best friend. Most employers use Microsoft products for the workplace, even if they actually use a MacBook at home.
Which means that your document which was created in Pages will not be usable or uploadable in an employer's online system. Some employers are realizing that it is within their best interest to make the application process less stressful and frustrating for their applicants, and they're updating their systems to accept more document types. But until then, we have to adjust. Even though most employers use Microsoft, Word as a word processing program can cause a number of issues.
When your resume is in a Microsoft Word document, the layout can change based upon the version you used to create the document and the version that the reader opened it with. Therefore, you have no control over the end result. Your two page resume might turn into three. A formatting feature you thought you turned off might suddenly appear showing all of the errors and font changes you expected to remain hidden. The only document that is universal is the PDF, or Portable Document Format.
You may already have this feature installed, and you can often find it under the Print options of your word processing software. If you don't have a PDF converter, there are many free or low cost options for converting your finished product into a PDF. A quick internet search for free PDF converter will provide you with many options. Just be very careful about which one you download, as some can contain viruses and spyware.
I have successfully used SodaPDF and also CutePDF Writer, but don't take my word for it. Take a look for yourself or ask around for some recommendations. The advantage to converting your resume into a PDF is you can be certain that the resume you created will be viewed exactly as you intended it to be. Why, then, will an external or third party recruiter sometimes ask you for your resume in a Word document? Two main reasons come to mind.
They may send your resume to several different employers, and may need to convert your resume to an earlier version or specific version of Word based upon a client's request. But more than likely, because they are submitting your resume to several different employers, they intend to replace your contact information with theirs so that the employer knows which recruiter sent them the resume. If that is the case, there isn't a lot you can do about it, but you can mention your concern that your resume be transmitted exactly as provided to them.
It's a great idea to create a few different formats of an identical resume, so that regardless of what you run into when applying for a job, you'll always be prepared.
Stacey A. Gordon, cofounder of Career Incubator, has made it her life's work to help others find the jobs and build the careers of their dreams. In this course, she walks through the basics of resume writing for job seekers, as well as a few extra job search basics such as following up, sending thank-you notes, and identifying companies to work for and determining fit.
Stacey explains what you should include on your resume, what to exclude, and how to craft your resume to showcase your talents and best qualities. Using practical resume examples, Stacey walks through choosing the right resume format, tailoring the information to match job requirements, and writing alternative resumes that include industry-specific information. Last, Stacey shows you how to deal with some common sore spots—like job hopping, lack of experience, or large unemployment gaps—while concentrating on your experience.
- Writing an objective statement
- Adding a summary of skills
- Showcasing your professional work
- Presenting your education
- Customizing your contact information
- Tailoring your resume to fit a job
- Upgrading your resume
- Choosing a resume layout
- Writing resumes for marketing, entertainment, and design jobs
- Handling career gaps and job changes
- Standing out and following up with employers
- Using a resume effectively
- Determining fit at a prospective job
- Finding contacts at companies you want to work for