Every once in awhile I get a call from a frustrated job seeker who wonders why their resume doesn’t get to the destination. After a little discovery, I find out that the file extension is .wps file which means it is a version of Microsoft Works. Now there are converters and ways to open the files here and here and here.
Do you think the employer will convert your resume?
If an employer spends as little as 15 to 30 seconds on a resume, you really can’t expect them to go through another step of downloading a converter or even just using another program.
If the majority of corporations are using Microsoft Word, and you are emailing your resume, you need to be using Word too. I realize this may mean an investment into software or perhaps the inconvenience of using someone else’s computer.
You can go the Open Office route but I know there have been people who had problems with features changing from the way Word would interpret it and you really don’t want to risk that.
Now of course when you hit the online applications, you do need the text version of the resume and you can investigate solid steps to make that online text resume work for you here. But because we really want you to use more than online applications at Design Resumes, we suggest that networking using the presentation version both in person and via email will garner you more results than just applying online.
Successful job search requires investment on many fronts. You need to have the right software on your computer. You need to have a newer computer, it helps to have internet access both for resources for your job search and to help you apply in this digital world of ours.
Julie Walraven can help you achieve results through using a personalized job search and resume writing strategy to take the mystery out of the process. To find out how, simply click here!