May 13, 2020 - 05:20 PM
The Word document format is advised for sending resumes through employer application systems because their applicant tracking systems (ATS) — which collect, sort, scan, and rank job applications — can read Word docs easily.
PDF is a good bet if you are sending your resume directly to an employer through email because it is safe from viruses and retains the format of the original document. Your resume will appear exactly as you designed it, no matter which platform, device, or program the employer uses to open it.
For more information on resume file format, check out our article 3 File Formats to Use for a Resume, or learn more about format via our Resume Builder.
Aug 21, 2018 - 08:51 PM
In general, you should send your resume as a PDF. The reason for this is that no matter what software the hiring manager uses to read the applications, a PDF is unalterable. The last thing you want is for your application to become unreadable because your version of MS Word is a different from the version the hiring manager uses.
However, some people prefer sending applications as Microsoft Word documents because an Applicant Tracking System can more easily read that file than a PDF. Above all else, you should read the job listing thoroughly to see whether the employer specifies whether the company requires a PDF or MS Word document. Following the instructions is critical because it shows you know how to read directives properly. When in doubt, you can always email two different versions of your resume in different file formats to be safe.