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How to Make a CV in PDF format

What is more sensible when applying: send your CV as a Microsoft Word document (.doc, .docx) or as an Adobe PDF document (.pdf)?

First of all it's important that you pay attention to the vacancy text. It's often already stated how the company wants to receive the document. However, if it's not specifically stated in which format the company wishes to receive your CV, choose the PDF format.

Send your CV as a .pdf file

If there are no specific instructions for the file format of your CV, it's best to use the Adobe PDF format (.pdf). The advantage is that the document is 'fixed'. In other words, just as the document looks on your screen, it will look like that on someone else's screen.

With Word documents it sometimes happens that parts of the text start to jump, which causes a very messy CV. As an applicant you can do little about this, but it does provide a negative first experience with your CV and can make the document difficult to read.

Therefore always choose the certain for the uncertain: use a PDF format, unless specifically requested otherwise.

Save your CV as a .pdf file

It's very easy to save your Word document as a PDF file. When in Microsoft Word you go to 'save'> 'save as'> you see a drop down with 'save file as' below the bar where you enter the file name of the document. Choose the PDF option here and click save.

Be aware that you too can no longer modify the PDF file. Save the document as .doc or .docx before you close it.

Why do some companies ask for .doc?

Sometimes you're specifically asked for a Word format (.doc) of the CV. There may be several reasons for this request.

Large companies often use so-called Applicant Tracking Systems. These are systems in which applicants' information is stored. It's easier for a recruiter to copy your information directly from your Word document than to retype everything from the PDF document.

Another possibility is that you send the CV to a recruitment agency. In most cases these agencies work on the basis of a commission that's collected when a candidate proposed by the agency is hired at a company. To prevent companies from contacting the candidate directly, things like contact information and name are removed. This information is replaced by contact information from the recruitment agency.

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