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