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Resume File Types: MS Word, Plain-Text, and Adobe PDFs

Resume File Types: MS Word, Plain-Text, and Adobe PDFs

resumefilesJob seekers are often confused about different resume file types, so here’s an overview of four common file types and when to use them:MS Word (.doc) fileMany employers like to see the MS Word file, and this is the version you should attach when emailing your resume (unless instructed otherwise).Adobe PDF (.pdf) fileSometimes employers aren’t using standard word processing programs and would like to see the resume layout as it was intended. Send the PDF if the recipient had problems downloading your Word file or viewing it properly. You may also use the PDF format as a download option on your career folio website.ASCII (.txt) for emailing file (see Why You Need Two ASCII Resumes)This version is suitable for emailing your resume to hiring managers. The best way to send an ASCII for emailing file is to copy and paste the cover letter and resume in the email message box, and then attach the MS Word file. If there’s any problem with downloading the Word file, the recipient will still be able to review your plain-text resume and cover letter. Important: Remember to customize the cover letter and resume to suit the opportunity!ASCII (.txt) for webforms fileThis version is suitable for submitting your resume to online webforms. When you’re submitting your resume to online forms on job boards and employer/recruiter websites, copy and paste your resume from this file. The difference between this format and the email version is that the webform version does not have forced line breaks — this enables your text to naturally wrap around the webform box and minimize a “jagged” effect.Best wishes,Kim Isaacs