Aug 24, 2018 - 04:09 AM
Generally speaking, employers request that candidates send resumes along as Microsoft Word attachments, but every once in a while, an employer will request otherwise, or not specify format at all. When this happens, you may wonder how you should format your resume when sending it in an email.
If the employer does not specify a format, send all documents as Word documents. If you do not have Word and do not have access to a computer that does, send your documents as .RTFs (rich text files). These types of documents are often the most compatible with several different types of software.
However, according to a career coach interviewed by USA Today, PDF is the best format when an employer does not specify a format. According to him, PDFs are universal, no one can tamper with one, and a PDF guarantees that your resume will look exactly the same on the recipient's computer as it does yours.
That said, not everyone can access PDFs, and because of their locked nature, they often become distorted in Applicant Tracking Systems, systems that screen applications before sending them along to hiring managers. Because ATS are so popular, PDF should not be your first format choice.