Which CV format should I use? - Word or PDF CV?

Which CV format should I use? - Word or PDF CV?

Right, before I start to answer this question, I need to stress that the views and opinions in this article are purely my own and are intended for guidance only!

Ok, when it comes to your CV you really do need to give it plenty of thought! Not only do you need to make sure that you match your CV to each Job application to ensure you stand the maximum chance of getting an interview, but you need to consider the format of your CV.

Which CV format should I use? Word or PDF CV? I would always recommend that all CV's are saved as a Microsoft Word (unprotected) document. WHY? Well there are many reasons. Firstly, it is probably one of the most common formats and most employers & recruiters will be able to open a Word document on their pc keeping any formatting and font choice etc intact. Other formats may prove difficult for an employer or recruiter to open. If this is the case, guess what? They probably wouldn't even bother to try to open your CV in a different format and you have probably lost the chance of interview.

Please consider this also. It has been said that you have around 5 to 15 SECONDS to impress a potential Employer or Recruiter with your CV. If they have to mess around too much to find the information they are looking for, chances are they won't even bother!

Now a lot of people these days may take the opinion that PDF format is king. It can be opened by most and is a secure document that cannot be altered by anyone - right? Maybe, but what if I told you that most large employers and ALL recruiters use recruitment software to help them sort all their CV's.... and what if I told you that most software cannot read PDF documents? Why is this a problem? Well, recruiters will use an automatic CV parsing system to automatically extract information from a CV.

This information is then used to populate their CV Database automatically filling in the relevant information fields which are used when searching for suitable candidates. If their system cannot read your CV it would have to be entered manually. Now when you consider that recruiters receive literally hundreds if not thousands of CV's each and every day, do you think that they will take the time to enter your details manually?

Maybe, but probably not!

Which CV format should I use? - Word or PDF CV? Microsoft WORD every time for me but at the end of the day, it is up to you.

Good luck

David Moore - Recruiter

Find the latest Jobs in the UK - How to search for Jobs!


Find the latest Jobs in the UK


Finding the latest Jobs in the UK can be a bit of a challenge!

However, with a bit of 'insider knowledge' and a few tools, you should be able to find thousands of live Jobs in the UK.

So how do you start to find the latest Jobs?

Well, most people would either type 'Find the latest Jobs in the UK' into Google or one of the other search engines, or would visit some of the top job boards like Monster & CV Library to do a search.

So what is wrong with this approach?

Nothing! except if you take the first approach and type 'Find the latest Jobs in the UK' into Google (hang on, I will do it now for you) you will find the following result:- 'About 966,000,000 potentially matching results'!!!!!!! I say 'potentially matching' because even though Google and other search engines work very hard to deliver accurate reults, they are not always as accurate as they would like to be - and even if they were, would you really enjoy sifting through 966,000,000 results?

So what about visiting the top Job Boards like Monster and CV-Library then?

Again, nothing wrong with this approach, except that Job Boards usually display their own jobs which their advertising clients have posted. This approach will result in you having to do a Google search for 'Top Job Boards' (About 240,000,000 results) then sifting through these results and performing a 'Job Search' on each of them trying to find all the latest Jobs in the UK!

Ok, so what would I suggest then?

Have you tried using a dedicated Job Search Engine in order to find all the latest Jobs in the UK? Take a look at our 'Job Search' page above. Here you will find a Job Search tool which does the work for you. Simply enter your desired Job Title and Location and click 'Find'. This tool will then search the entire internet for 'jobs' that match your entered Job Title and Location. Each result will offer a brief Job description along with Salary and Location details and a link to the originating website. Simply click on any of the results and follow the link to the originating Job site for full details and application instructions.

If you like this article or our 'Job Search' facility and it helps you to find the latest Jobs in the UK, please share with your friends.

Good Luck