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Old 08-27-2012, 12:12 AM   #1
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why ask for resume in word format?

i've been job searching and noticed that many listings ask for the resume to be sent in Word document format
some even go as far as saying "do not send pdf file"
what is the reason for this?
i always thought a pdf copy of a resume looks cleaner and more professional
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Old 08-27-2012, 12:19 AM   #2
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i only ever send .pdf.

reason being: .pdf will always remain formatted. depending of format, word won't.

i think if they request ONLY a specific file type, it's because they are viewing your application through a software that only processes a certain file type.
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Old 08-27-2012, 12:19 AM   #3
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Keyword search. PDFs are preferred but at the risk someone might put security on it, DOC is often asked for instead.

I always send PDF, just don't block it from being printable or searchable
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Old 08-27-2012, 12:21 AM   #4
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i think if they request ONLY a specific file type, it's because they are viewing your application through a software that only processes a certain file type.
this too. If PDF'ed..... Now they gotta OCR it too
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Depends on the company... because they are retards and don't know how to open other formats

some companies don't like pdfs because they can potentially be a security issue

I always use pdf though or latex
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this too. If PDF'ed..... Now they gotta OCR it too
I think you're right about the keyword search. Many companies scan the resumes they receive for keywords to pre-filter them before a person looks at them. For a specific job, they may have the resumes scanned for "project manager", "engineer", "self-starter" or whatever else they think is important. They figure if their critical words don't appear in a resume, it's not worth paying a person to review it.
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Old 08-27-2012, 12:50 AM   #7
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seeing as how youre a lawyer, i'd bet it's either because:
1. the people that handle your resume are too dumb with computers to know how to deal with different formats; or
2. the programs they use are too primitive/crappy to handle too many different formats.
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Word is easier to cut and paste from if they are consolidating snippets from various applicants.
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if it is a staffing agency, they want to

1. remove your personal contact info before they send the resume out to the hiring manager (so that the client doesn't hire you by contacting u directly)
2. cut and paste your info into their database
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This is a simple answer.

I work in Executive Search Recruitment and we always ask for CV's / Resume's to be in word format. This is simply because we apply each resume onto our own letterhead with the company logo etc in the background. It also allows the recruitment company to remove any of your contact details if your CV is being sent to an employer to review. If it is in PDF and still contains your contact details there is a risk that the company will contact the candidate directly, meaning that the recruiter that has introduced you is cut out of the loop and receives no commission.

I get people constantly asking this question and it's hilarious what some people assume you're doing it for. But the fact is that the recruiter needs to remove your contact details to stop companies contacting you directly and avoiding paying a recruitment fee.
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This is a simple answer.

I work in Executive Search Recruitment and we always ask for CV's / Resume's to be in word format. This is simply because we apply each resume onto our own letterhead with the company logo etc in the background. It also allows the recruitment company to remove any of your contact details if your CV is being sent to an employer to review. If it is in PDF and still contains your contact details there is a risk that the company will contact the candidate directly, meaning that the recruiter that has introduced you is cut out of the loop and receives no commission.

I get people constantly asking this question and it's hilarious what some people assume you're doing it for. But the fact is that the recruiter needs to remove your contact details to stop companies contacting you directly and avoiding paying a recruitment fee.
Thanks for this. But what if the company finds another way to contact you (ie: searching your name on linkedin or facebook)? Do you have a clause in your agreement with the company that they will not contact you (ie: the applicant) privately?

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Thanks for this. But what if the company finds another way to contact you (ie: searching your name on linkedin or facebook)? Do you have a clause in your agreement with the company that they will not contact you (ie: the applicant) privately?
If the person is using a headhunter and we find them through other means before we're presented the candidate through said hiring firm, we have no obligation to the headhunter nor does the prospective candidate.
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If the person is using a headhunter and we find them through other means before we're presented the candidate through said hiring firm, we have no obligation to the headhunter nor does the prospective candidate.
This is true, which is why we send CV's with terms of business ASAP. In most cases companies are honest and if they have precious contact that they can back up, as recruiters we would back off.

However, this doesn't stop some companies from being dishonest and initially rejecting candidates after their interview, only to contact them again directly in an attempt to avoid recruitment fees. Infact my colleague texted me tonight to say that he'd been to an exhibition today and found a former candidate of his heading up a companies stand, having rejected him at interview a month ago.

Needless to say they'll be getting a bill for 8,000+ in the morning.
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I think you're right about the keyword search. Many companies scan the resumes they receive for keywords to pre-filter them before a person looks at them. For a specific job, they may have the resumes scanned for "project manager", "engineer", "self-starter" or whatever else they think is important. They figure if their critical words don't appear in a resume, it's not worth paying a person to review it.
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PDFs can be searched if they're text (or OCR processed.) I take advantage of that all the time through Outlook on my office computer
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