How many times have you opened a document someone e-mailed you and it looked like… hieroglyphics? The person sent it with every intention of the document reaching you with the same look that it had on his or her computer screen. News flash – no matter how much you work at it or how hard you try, your resume may look like “garbled gunk” on some browsers.
Here are a couple of proven strategies to prevent this from happening:
- If you’re using Word 2000, try saving the file in an older version. Not everyone is working with the most updated word program. Sometimes the receiver cannot open the document if it is saved in a newer, higher version.
- Consider saving your resume as a PDF file. This is the only way to guarantee that your resume will look exactly the way it does on your screen. There are versions of Adobe Acrobat that you can download, or take your resume on a disc or floppy to a Kinkos-type store where they will convert it to a PDF file for you. The down side of this is that some recruiters and companies will want to cut and paste your resume into their own format. A PDF file will not allow them to do that to your resume.
- Avoid fancy fonts, graphics and thick lines that have a tendency to not transfer well.