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Old 12-17-2015, 11:33 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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1. Ask them why they want your resume in Word
2. Advise them that the only way you will recreate your resume in Word is if they're interested in you.
3. Ask them if they're interested in you
4. Report back with results
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Old 12-17-2015, 11:56 AM
 
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lol ^^ OP, if you're complaining about this, I have concerns for you in the workforce. You do realize you'll have to do all sorts of stuff that seems stupid in most every job, right?
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Old 12-17-2015, 12:17 PM
 
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I'm not complaining, just asking why. Of course every job includes stupid stuff, but I don't work for them at this time. I have no problems doing things on the job that seem stupid.

I do have concerns about putting my information out there and how it's going to be used. But I guess I should have expected some of these type of responses around here. Haven't browsed this forum in a long time.
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Old 12-17-2015, 12:37 PM
 
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Word is pretty much the standard format, that's why.
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Old 12-17-2015, 12:53 PM
 
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Staffing agencies do this to remove your contact info.

Some companies do this to help upload it in their system, but generally you would be doing that yourself.

Someplaces will remove content that will reflect national origin and gender to protect themselves.
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Old 12-17-2015, 04:03 PM
 
Location: Seattle Area
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I belive I once heard that they do this due to a requirement in their HR management systems. PDF's, while nice looking, do have technical limitations. It's that or they want to edit your resume so that when business slows down, they can legally fire you for lying on your resume. You can google it right next to the 9/11 conspiracy theory's.
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Old 12-17-2015, 04:10 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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I'm HR and don't ask for a specific format. What I have seen in the past is job postings are often recycled and often not updated. This could be a holdover from the earlier days of file sharing.

Last resume I sent (Word format, nothing to be paranoid about) was posted through Indeed and I didn't like what it did to my format. I went to the company website, pulled up a general email, and sent it via that method explaining why. Got a call the following day.

Send how you want, if it bunches their pucker, you wouldn't want to go there.
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Old 12-17-2015, 04:38 PM
 
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Why are you so worried about using LaTeX? Just do your resume up in Word and you'll be ready for the future when needed. Insisting on LaTeX says something about you to the hiring manager too.
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Old 12-17-2015, 05:51 PM
 
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Headhunters do it because they remove your contact info when sending your resume to companies.
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Old 12-17-2015, 06:03 PM
 
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Why are you so worried about using LaTeX? Just do your resume up in Word and you'll be ready for the future when needed. Insisting on LaTeX says something about you to the hiring manager too.
I choose to do it in .tex because I have complete control over the formatting, it looks much more professional, and it's more portable: if I get a new computer, regardless of OS, I can use my .tex file and compile to .pdf. If I'm in Word, I have to buy a new MS Office license (or deal with something like OpenOffice). LaTeX is also standard technology in my field. Once you go .tex, you don't go back to Word.
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