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Ask Vicki: What file format should my resume be in?

In this answer on Quora, Monster career expert Vicki Salemi tells you how recruiters prefer to receive and view your resume.

Ask Vicki: What file format should my resume be in?

Vicki Salemi

Each week, Monster’s career expert Vicki Salemi—a former recruiter who utilizes 15-plus years of experience in recruiting and human resources to empower job seekers—answers user questions on Quora. We’ll be republishing the answers here. If you have a question for Vicki, send it to

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Q. What file format should my resume be in?

A. Copy and paste your resume into the body of the email, and attach it as Word or PDF file. It’s quick and easy for a recruiter to glance at a cut-and-pasted resume, plus if the recruiter’s reviewing resumes on his or her phone, they can open your email and quickly scroll down to look at your entire resume. And if your resume passes muster, the recruiter can forward the attachment to the appropriate hiring team.

If you only include the attachment, recruiters may not open it due to security concerns (nobody wants to risk getting a computer virus)—plus, it’s an extra step, and recruiters are some of the busiest people in town. 

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Read Vicki Salemi's answer to "What file format should my resume be in?" on Quora.

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