Here’s a news flash. No matter how much you work at it, or how much time you spend on it your resume will definitely look funky in some browsers. It doesn't matter if you use Word, Word Perfect, Quark XPress, or some other program. The best laid plans of mice and men often go astray. So here are some quick rules to follow that might get you through this quagmire.
- After you have typed your resume save it in Microsoft Word 97. Do not use the latest Word version. The reason we do not do this is that some people are still using older versions and cannot open your resume if it's saved in Word 2000.
- Now save your resume in ASCII-text, which is a universal word file that can be read by Mac, Apple, or other systems. When you save in text format it will automatically remove your bullet points and other fancy stuff and what you see is a bunch of funny looking characters going down the page. Use the following symbols for bullet points and other differentiating characters: = + ' --
- Save both your Word and text versions of your resume on a separate disc as well as your hard drive.
- If you own Adobe Acrobat you can create your resume in a PDF format. I am not sure it is worth the expense to buy Adobe Acrobat for a one-time project. So go to Kinko's or some other nationally known printer and have them convert it to a PDF for you. Having your resume in PDF assures you that it will be seen exactly as you have typed it and can be read universally by anyone anywhere in the world. Unfortunately, most search engines want you to cut and paste your resume and cover letter in text format, so refer to number two above.