#26) Should you upload your resume as a PDF or Word Document? | Just-Ask-Chris MINISODE #3

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Perhaps one of the most commonly asked questions in regards to job applications and ATS software is whether or not to submit your resume as a PDF or Word Document. We don't blame you for your concern. That is why Chris Villanueva, CPRW at Let's Eat, Grandma resume services decided to break down the key differences in submitting your resume as a PDF or a Word Document.

Word Doc vs. PDF (Spark Notes Version)

Here is the Spark Notes version of the podcast episode:

  • Word Documents are better for ATS Systems. ATS systems are better able to pick up on keywords if they are submitted as a Word Document.
  • PDF documents are better for visual consistency. PDFs are image files (naturally) – and therefore cannot be easily altered.
  • Recruiters tend to prefer Word Documents over other formats. Recruiters will generally prefer Word Documents, so don’t you dare send your RTF file! Many recruiters also prefer PDF documents.
  • Don’t forget to follow instructions. Remember that if there are instructions to send in a specific format, follow those instructions. Being a rebel does not look good – nor does being ignorant.

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