Jun 03, 2019 - 01:25 PM
If you are submitting your resume electronically through an ATS, your resume is going to be scanned by a machine before it ever reaches a human. There are many dozens of different ATS currently in use, and not all of them are effective at scanning .pdf documents. ATS automatically reject resumes they cannot read, and so it is safest to submit in .doc format, and have a .txt file as an alternative or backup. Of course, always follow the instructions of the job ad if it specifies a file format in which to submit resumes.
If your resume is not going to be scanned by a machine, then .pdf is your best bet. A .pdf file is much less likely to be garbled as it shared, and is more likely to retain formatting when printed out or opened in different screen reader versions.