You may want to prepare a basic resume in several formats.
Most resumes will originally be prepared as a word
processed resume, which can then be converted to another format.
This resume lend itself well to printing hard copies and can be
emailed as an attachment. You can easily make changes to the
document to tailor each application.
Some employers will specify a plain
text resume, also known as an ASCII (acronym for American Standard
Code for Information Interchange) resume, because it is easily
scanned into their computer system. Employers can then search
the resumes they receive for keywords. It is frequently
recommended that you use the same keywords in your resume that the
employer uses in their posting -- when the resume is scanned for those
words, yours is more likely be among the ones that are chosen for
further review. A plain text resume is also easier to copy
and paste into the body of an email. Instructions to create a
plain text resume can be found here.
Resumes in pdf format will keep their formatting when sent as an
attachment; it is also unlikely that anyone will be able to make
changes to the document, since Adobe Acrobat Professional is
required to edit pdf. This format is also regarded
as a safer attachment in that it is much less likely to carry a virus.
Word 2007 allows you to save documents in pdf format, but keep in mind
that you will not be able to make changes to the pdf, so be sure to
save the original Word file. Adobe Acrobat Reader, a free download, is
required to open the document.