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 explains what to include and exclude on a resume and how to showcase your talents and best qualities. Using practical examples, Stacey walks through choosing the right format, tailoring 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 unemployment gaps—while concentrating on your experience.
- Explain how to present your experience on a resume.
- Identify where spell check will not catch mistakes.
- Recognize the proper way to present your dates of employment in your professional experience section.
- Recall when you will need a traditional resume in the entertainment business.
- Explain what you could do to fill in the void on your resume when you have been unemployed for over six months.
- Name the benefits of sending a handwritten thank-you note following an interview.
- Identify some things you can do to help you identify and eliminate red flags before applying for a job.