What is the Best Format to Send a Resume? (Word or PDF)

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Word vs PDF Resume


What is the Best Format to Send a Resume? (Word or PDF)

Although both file types have their own pros and cons, PDF is usually the better format when sending a resume. In general, most employers will accept either a Word document or PDF file, leaving the decision up to you.

Here are a few rules you can follow:

  • If you’re sending a resume directly to the hiring manager, use a PDF (generally looks more professional and can’t be altered).

  • If you’re sending a resume directly to a recruiter or an online job board, use a Word Doc (PDFs don’t always upload properly and the ATS might not pick up on every keyword).

While uploading your document with the proper formatting is extremely important, the content/copy itself is what you should focus your time on.

Good luck!


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