Is Your Resume Viewable On Your Recruiter’s Computer?

Over the past few weeks, Beond Graduation has been reviewing numbers of resumes for the Class of 2009.  We like to think of it as our little gift to this year’s graduates.  With that being said, something crossed my mind as our staff began downloading submitted resumes. 

Many of these resumes change format on different computers. 

Whether it’s a Word Doc. or Docx. or PDF, it was apparent that the structure and design of many resumes were not downloading as they should.  I bring up this point because many of our clients have been submitting to jobs through employer websites and/or e-mail.  If you are sending your resume as a Microsoft Word document and the recruiter is using a Macintosh, there is a small chance that your resume isn’t going to format and therefore it won’t be nearly as visually stimulating as when you sent it.

So how can you prevent this from happening?

At Beyond Graduation, we suggest that you always save the “e-mail” copy of your resume in PDF form.  The majority of computers have the software necessary to read .pdf files and it is highly unlikely that your format will be altered in any way.  If you decide to do this, just make sure that any changes you make to your resume are also saved as a PDF.  This small piece of advice could easily prevent your resume from being discarded. 

Good Luck.


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