Make a Plain Text Resume

plain-text-resumesEver 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:

  1. In your opened Resume, Click File (Word 2007 users Click the Upper Left Circle)
  2. Click Save As
  3. 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
  4. Choose Plain Text
  5. 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.


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