Date
26 March 2017
Job applicants should avoid sending their CVs in PDF format, says a human resources consultant. Photo: Internet
Job applicants should avoid sending their CVs in PDF format, says a human resources consultant. Photo: Internet

Why a resume in PDF format is not advisable

Many job applicants prefer to send their resumes in PDF format to prospective employers or head hunting firms, but a human resources consultant advises against such practice.

“It will only bring trouble,” Armstrong Lee, managing director of Worldwide Consulting Group, wrote in his Hong Kong Economical Journal column.

There are a few reasons.

One is that an employment agent usually has to talk to the applicant to enquire about the reason for seeking a new job, how he works as a team with his colleagues, as well as seek other information not included in the letter.

The easiest way is to add those additional details to the file the applicant sent in. If it is PDF format, that won’t be possible, Lee explained.

Also, an employment agent normally won’t pass on contact details to employers before they have decided on whom to interview. That means phone or address information will be deleted before forwarding the resume to the customers. Again, if it is a PDF file, this cannot be done.

Lee’s suggestion: Send a file that can be amended and updated.

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RC

EJ Insight writer

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