Most job postings request a specific format for your resume submission. Personally, I prefer a Word version and request that in my job postings. As a recruiter, there are many reasons why I ask for a Word version and I find I have to explain that, sometimes at great length to job seekers.
Some people are distrustful and suspicious. They believe that by giving a Word version, a recruiter will change their resume. While I’m sure that could happen, let me assure you that I personally do not do that. I also find it highly unlikely that any reputable recruiter would do that.
If I see a spelling mistake, typographical or grammatical error, I will tell you. I operate under the belief that even if I do not place you with one of my client companies, I should still alert you to anything that might improve your chances of finding that next opportunity. In other words, if I can leave you better than I found you, that is a positive thing.
Many people send PDF’s. They can’t easily be modified, they maintain their layout no matter what and they make work for me. The majority of my client companies request Word documents only. I believe that is because PDF’s do not play well with human resource information systems and internal search software. You really want to make it so your resume can be found when needed.
Recently, I’ve started receiving more resumes that appear to be web site pages (HTML’s). Thus far I’ve not found a way to convert them, copy them or save them. Therefore, that format is completely useless to me.
While this is not connected to format, so much as failure to follow directions, there seems to be an increase in applicants sending me links to cloud storage areas (Google docs, Drop Box, private web sites, etc.).
Please keep in mind that the person reviewing resumes can easily open the requested file type and review the resume. If they are basically being told to “go get it”… the odds are they are not going to do that.
Remember, you are applying for a job. You want to make a good first impression and at the very least submitting your resume in the requested format is a good start.