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7 Recruiters on Best Resume File Format and Style for Job Application

Recruiters - Best Resume File Format and StyleSo just what is the best resume file format and style to resonate most with employers and recruiters? With so many options to choose from,  it’s hard for career professionals and job seekers to know the right one to select when sending applications.

To ensure your clients are making it past the initial scan and appealing to the reader, the CDI Education Committee reached out to a handful of recruiters from different industries to find out:

Best resume file format and style: Do you prefer PDF, ATS-compliant, presentation version with graphics, or other? Please specify why you prefer it.

Seven recruiters and hiring authorities shared their insight on:

  • When recruiters and/or employers like to receive two versions of a resume, and why.
  • How to know which resume to use for the situation/target.
  • How to name your resume for greatest effectiveness.
  • Why Word may be the most friendly choice specifically for recruiters, but why you might want to use a PDF instead.
  • When graphics make the most sense in a resume.
  • How to maximize the ROI of keywords in your resume for ATS and humans.
  • Way to step out of the box beyond your resume to garner interest.

Special thanks to recruiters:

Ron Beck | Director of Healthcare Leadership & IT Recruitment at Carecor Health Services Ltd.

Marc Belaiche | President at TorontoJobs.ca

Heather Bellingham | Recruiter at Amazon Web Services

Christian Kaijser | Managing Director at Career Evolutions

Arnold Davis, MS, SPHR, SHRM-SCP | Vice President of Talent Management at AmCap Mortgage, LTD

Jennifer Stephens | Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Operations at YMCA of Greater Houston

Lisa Criss | Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist – Azure at Microsoft

Special thanks to CDI Education Committee who contributed to this Q&A spotlight. Curated by Laura Hartnell. Further contribution by Bridget Batson.

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