Ever tried submitting your Resume to an online posting that asks for a Plain Text Resume but didn’t know what the heck they were talking about? Many people have. A Plain Text Resume is just a Resume that is only text; there isn’t any formatting such as bold, italics, or special characters such as bullet points. The company is asking for a Plain Text Resume because it’s easier for their computers to scan and search
You could copy and paste your Resume from Word into a program like Notepad, or you can take the quick route by using the Save As option in Word. Your new Plain Text Resume will be a new file so you don’t have to worry about losing your original.
Here’s the steps:
- In your opened Resume, Click File (Word 2007 users Click the Upper Left Circle)
- Click Save As
- In the box that pops up you should see the words Save As Type, click the box to the right, which will bring up a list of File Types
- Choose Plain Text
- Click Save
That’s it! You’ve now created a Notepad file that removes all formatting from your Resume. You can now upload that file directly to the Company’s website, or you may have to copy and paste it into a text box on the site. This is also how you would save it as a PDF. Just choose PDF instead of Plain Text.