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Old 12-17-2015, 09:51 AM
 
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I really do not want some HR-administrative type to edit my resume. If they could understand the content of my resume, they'd have a real job. If there's no other way to get your resume into the hands of somebody who might understand it, then you have to do what you have to do, but let's not pretend there isn't a danger to you. It could very easy get stripped of important information or the key bits buried because the person editing doesn't know what is important.
I agree with this. But more importantly, if I don't get the job, it's not that big a deal. It's just a part-time side gig. If they're actually interested in working with me, that's great. But if it's a sticking point or they're going to act like they're doing me a favor by giving me a little extra work, I'm not going to waste my time.
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Old 12-17-2015, 10:25 AM
 
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But why would they need to?
In my experience, because HR departments will do anything to reduce the pool of applicants except read resumes and understand job requirements.
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Old 12-17-2015, 10:38 AM
 
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I agree with this. But more importantly, if I don't get the job, it's not that big a deal. It's just a part-time side gig. If they're actually interested in working with me, that's great. But if it's a sticking point or they're going to act like they're doing me a favor by giving me a little extra work, I'm not going to waste my time.
Oh so now you tell us it's just a side gig. if that means so little to you, then why even waste their time?
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Old 12-17-2015, 10:48 AM
 
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Oh so now you tell us it's just a side gig. if that means so little to you, then why even waste their time?
It doesn't mean so little. If it's a good situation and both parties are interested, I'd be happy to do the work. But I'm not desperate for the job, and there are things that will make me walk away (not saying this is one of them, but I'd at least like to know why Word is so important before spending my time making a nice-looking Word resume, especially if it'll turn out they're not that interested in me anyway).
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Old 12-17-2015, 10:52 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Because they really are that bureaucratic and somewhere, in their checklist it says "Have candidate submit resume in word format."
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Old 12-17-2015, 11:08 AM
 
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That's just not true, unless they have really old software. As recently as this week, I have fed my PDF resume into the on-line application systems of potential employers and had it parsed out into the various fields to save me from having to cut-paste everything into their database.
You can create a PDF in various ways, from fillable forms with fields to a vector image.
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Old 12-17-2015, 11:10 AM
 
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If you ask why they need it in Word, I can almost guarantee you that you won't be annoyed by them again! But seriously, I have heard they want in word because some places feed all the resumes into a system and do word searches - so they can easily pull up people who went to a certain school, ahve buzzwords on their resume that are desired. I've also heard of it used for nefarious purposes as well - employers look for certain graduation years and if you are too old, you don't get a second look.
But if you don't provide it in the format they require, you won't even get a first look.
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Old 12-17-2015, 11:17 AM
 
Location: Central IL
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Please don't do that.

If they want it in Word, just send it in Word. It's mildly obnoxious, but it's not *that* big of a deal. Pestering your contact person about why they structure their hiring process as they do is just going to make you seem oddly oppositional/defiant. And it's not as though the "why" does you any good--what difference does it make to you if this person wants a Word document because they plan to edit everyone's resumes before handing them over or because their software is antiquated or because they own stock in Microsoft and want to encourage its use?

Copy. Paste. Select all. Choose a neutral font. Make sure it is an appropriate size. Fix any weird characters that didn't move across correctly, if necessary. You are looking at 5 minutes tops. Any other futzy formatting is gravy; no need to spend an hour if you would prefer not to.
Really....do you want the job or are you just wasting everyone's time? Sounds like you don't need it so end the whole process at this point.

You can talk "antiquated" but even at "higher tech" places, HR is not quite at the same level as other departments so like it or lump it.
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Old 12-17-2015, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Central IL
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It doesn't mean so little. If it's a good situation and both parties are interested, I'd be happy to do the work. But I'm not desperate for the job, and there are things that will make me walk away (not saying this is one of them, but I'd at least like to know why Word is so important before spending my time making a nice-looking Word resume, especially if it'll turn out they're not that interested in me anyway).
Do you really think the person you'll end up talking to has any idea of the reason or the history behind it? Do you really think you'll be accepting of ANY answer they give you? You've made up your mind about them as a company...move on to the next opportunity.
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Old 12-17-2015, 11:29 AM
 
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No, I haven't made up my mind. If they're going to modify my resume, I'm not interested. If they just want something easily searchable and if I believe they're actually interested in hiring me, I'll make a Word document. As I said, I'm only interested if it sounds like a good fit. If not, they can find someone else, and that's okay.
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