Be guided, the best format to submit your CV is in Docx not PDF.

Few years back, we were thought to always package our Curriculum Vitae – CV for short, in a PDF format. The reason was so your CV doesn’t loose its arrangement before it even gets to your employer who you actually aim to impress at the sight of your well crafted CV. But sorry, alot has gone digital including how your CV is reviewed. You may decide to hire a CV writer, write it yourself or take up any other options that are available to get your CV ready, but you must pay attention to the formats your CV is presented especially if your intending employer has laid down guidelines.

So why the sudden twist in CV submission format?

Employees are really in the business of deploying possible means to employ smart and digital inclined workers. Some of these tactics deployed is to ensure only the smart and current gets the job. If you have applied for a job online, a regular applicant so to speak,  or you overly intend to, here is an expo;

Many of those push up call for job application online are tracked by robots and not human even though they set the ball rolling. So with your CV in PDF format, submitted to some websites that has an APA , an Application  Tracking  System, your CV could be read as a photo instead of document. Giving out blank page as a result.

But with your CV is in  Docx format or folder, you stand a better chance of getting  your  CV reviewed and passed for further assessments.  This basically increases your chances of getting a job online.

Do all organisations now use application tracking systems?

It is safe to say no.                       

First, some organizations have not adopted the online submission procedure of employment. Even though they do, you submit to their website  while the reviews and assessments  are mostly done by humans which gives you an edge.

Secondly, the application tracking system is only a plug in to websites; there are very many of them with different solutions. So your odds are at stake if such systems read PDF files as photo as they are meant to only acknowledge text or docx files.

Again, how well is your CV written?

The content of your CV matters so much but how well your CV is written leaves a cloud of questions on your qualification for the job your applying for.

If you can write a CV, then do it well but if you can’t, it is advisable  to seek or hire a CV writer who are mostly professionals and skilled with recent developments in resume presentation and submission.

Intelligence is obedience! Follow strictly the guidelines provided by your intending employer.  Some organisations usually recommend a singular format for their establishment, so you must be careful to follow through as such will increase your chances of getting your dream Job.

Finally, follow instructions strictly.  Follow the guideline for submission stipulated by the organisation to be on a safe side.

And the next time you apply for a job online where there is no guideline for CV submission and you are required to submit yours online, please send it in a docx format.

 

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