The Right File Format For Your Resume

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Today most resumes are submitted by email, therefore you must create and submit it using a file format that the employer’s computer can read.  Sometimes this is specified in the job ad itself.  If so, use the file format that’s been requested.

If the file format is not specified in the ad, then use Microsoft Word .doc or Adobe .pdf formats as these are very common and very easily read file formats.  If you do not have the software to create these types of files, you can download free software from to do so.   

Another option is to convert your resume to rich text .rtf format using the “Save As” command in your word processing software.  Every word processing program can create a document this way.  More importantly, virtually every potential employer will be able to open and read this file format.

Remember, your resume cannot get you the interview if the potential employer can’t open it. 

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Susan A. Enns, B2B Sales Connections,, or

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