You May Need More Than One Delivery Format for Your Resume

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See table below for the most common delivery formats.
resume delivery formats chart
One additional delivery format to consider is a Portable Document Format (PDF) resume, which offers the advantages of being completely invulnerable to viruses and totally compatible across computer systems (requires software such as Adobe Acrobat Reader, a free download, to be opened and read). A resume converted to PDF, which carries a .pdf file extension, looks virtually identical to the original document from which it was created, thus preserving the resume’s visual appeal, and it also appears consistently from computer to computer. A few employers specifically request PDF resume files. The downsides include the fact that it can be more difficult to perform keyword searches on PDF resumes unless they are scanned first or the text is extracted from them. For more about delivery methods, see our articles:

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