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Old 12-17-2015, 06:54 AM
 
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I have a very nice-looking resume in .pdf format (just talking about aesthetics, not necessarily content), and I got a request to send it to them in MS Word instead (not the first time this has happened). I did my resume in LaTeX, and quite frankly don't want to copy/paste it into Word and deal with all the annoying inevitable formatting issues.

So why do they want this? Pdf files are much more professional, and contain less identifying information about you/your computer as far as I know. And it's just as easy to copy/paste from or search in a .pdf file as a .doc/x file.
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Old 12-17-2015, 07:02 AM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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I did my resume in LaTeX, and quite frankly don't want to copy/paste it into Word and deal with all the annoying inevitable formatting issues.
Neither do they.
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Old 12-17-2015, 07:07 AM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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I don't know the answer, but went back and looked at the 100 or so resumes I have saved on my PC from past job openings I've held interviews for, they are all done in MS word. Not one PDF.

HR screens before passing to me, so not sure if they are asking for MS word?
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Old 12-17-2015, 07:09 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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I agree about the PDF. I wouldn't send a resume in Word even though I write my resume in Word. I've never had anybody who had a problem with the PDF.
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Old 12-17-2015, 07:13 AM
 
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Neither do they.
But why would they need to?
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Old 12-17-2015, 07:22 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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But why would they need to?
I don't get it either. When an employer wants the information on a resume entered into a form, in my experience they just make you enter it into the form yourself. They aren't cutting and pasting from your document anyway.

Just as a general rule, I don't like to send Word documents to anybody who I don't want to edit that document. It's a small measure of control.
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Old 12-17-2015, 07:28 AM
 
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I have a very nice-looking resume in .pdf format (just talking about aesthetics, not necessarily content), and I got a request to send it to them in MS Word instead (not the first time this has happened). I did my resume in LaTeX, and quite frankly don't want to copy/paste it into Word and deal with all the annoying inevitable formatting issues.

So why do they want this? Pdf files are much more professional, and contain less identifying information about you/your computer as far as I know. And it's just as easy to copy/paste from or search in a .pdf file as a .doc/x file.
Because that's what they require. Put it in Word, or apply for another job.
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Old 12-17-2015, 07:42 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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Because that's what they require.
The theory that HR is completely random and that any attempt to use their conduct as a clue to their goals is indeed well supported by nearly all available evidence. But the OP is asking us to pretend, even though it may not be true, that we live in a world in which HR offices are at least marginally competent. It's a useful exercise, thought I admit I can't actually think of a reason either.
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Old 12-17-2015, 07:55 AM
 
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It is possible that they are using an HRIS and they need to import your resume into the database. Might be easier with a word document than a pdf.
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Old 12-17-2015, 08:02 AM
 
Location: Western Washington
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Nor all places do this.

At my employer, the HM has the option to accept only the data from the web application software, or also require separate resume, cover letter, transcript, and other documents. It has never occurred to me to require these attachments in any specific format.

I have received attachments in a variety of formats. Word and PDF are by far the most prominent, but i have also received .jpg, .gif, .eps, .tiff, and a few others.

I can open most file formats, but I am not a graphic design person, nor do I hire graphic design, marketing, advertising, etc staff, so .eps is beyond me. I simply delete those candidates from consideration.

My suspicion is that people ask for word files as a holdover from years past when there were a number of incompatible word processing programs and it was a courtesy to tell applicants what the business needed.

As an applicant I have always submitted my resume as a PDF and I have never been contacted with a request to resend in word. This thread strikes me as a disingenuous complaint giving the same crew a chance to complain about HR.
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