Make Your Resume More Presentable By Making It Read-Only

Make Your Resume More Presentable By Making It Read-Only

Microsoft Word’s red and green squiggles suggesting spelling and grammar corrections don’t look great on a resume. Even if you click “ignore” to get rid of those lines, they’ll still show up when others open the doc. Prevent this from happening with Word’s document protection.

Sample resume snippet from About Job Search.

Reddit user Kevspace2 offers this tip for making your resume look more professional. When you make a document read-only, it preserves the formatting and gets rid of all the squiggly lines. That includes Word’s mistaken advice to correct your name, company names and fragments in your resume.

Of course, if your potential employer allows PDF resumes, you should send a PDF version instead, but this tip is helpful for those employers who demand a Word doc. Go to Tools > Protect Document > Read Only for a squiggly-free resume.

LPT: Use “Protect Document” command in Word to make sure your resume looks professional [Reddit]


        • But unless you lock a PDF down to read-only with no selection of text (which I don’t think many people do), you can copy and paste straight from a PDF file to a database.
          And even if they do lock it and make it read-only with no selection of text there are still ways to OCR a document and take the information that way.

    • Yes, so that they can more easily extract the text to put in their HR systems, or in the case of a recruiter the job search system. It can be tricky with pdf files to extract content accurately.

    • Almost every time you submit your resume through a recruiter, they will ask you for a word document instead of a PDF. They do this so they can do 2 things to your resume before sharing it with a potential employer:
      1) Take out all your contact details (i.e. email addresses, phone numbers etc.) – this is just going with traditions as most employer will just as easily find you on linkedin or through a google search (if you blog or are visible in any way on the internet)
      2) Almost all recruiters will “brand” your resume with – stick their company logos in the header and footers, stick their contact details in place of yours etc.

      I can’t remember the number of times my well formatted resume was butchered by recruiters and I’ve rocked up at interviews only to see a 4 page document that is now 7 pages due to massive logos sticking out of the header

  • A lot of times it is dictated that you must submit your resume in word format.

    Regardless of whether a pdf can be used in the same way to copy and paste it’s not exactly the right time to argue the point with them. If you want the job that is.

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