When reviewing resumes for job applications, employers often prefer the PDF file format – and for good reason. A PDF is universally readable, and can be submitted “as is” for a majority of job applications. Use the tips on this page as well as our professionally designed, preformatted PDF templates to create your own polished PDF resume.
Top Resume PDF Templates
How to Save Your Resume as a PDF File
If you’re creating or editing your resume using the following programs, follow these instructions for converting them into readable PDFs. Remember, you can always make sure your final PDF is readable by copying and pasting some text from it into a new text or Word document to see how it looks.
Adobe Photoshop and InDesign: In Photoshop, go under File > Save As, and then choose “Photoshop PDF.” On the next screen, choose the PDF preset. “PDF/X-4” is a good option for a resume PDF.
For InDesign, the process is the same, except you will go under File > Export, and then choose “Adobe PDF” for the format.
Microsoft Word: To convert a Word document into PDF format, go under File > Export. Choose the “Create a PDF/XPS document” option.
The PDF file should open automatically in Word for review once you’ve exported it.
Google Docs: Go under File > Download, and choose “PDF” as your download option.
Table of Contents