Resume or CV – ASCII Format

When you read the term “Resume  or CV ASCII” formats, it means that you are talking about a .txt resume or CV document. This is the “plain text” variant by which most word processing programs will let you save a document. It is also a very plain document to read. Thus, if you are going to attach your resume or CV as an ASCII format document to the emails of interested or potential employers, but you actually want someone to read the thing too (after all “plain text” is REALLY plain text without bold, italic, etc.) you will need to sharpen it up a bit.

This discussion will explain how to save something as the plain text format, and then how to go back and make it “pretty” too.

First, open the resume or CV in whatever word processing program you currently use. Be sure that it has all of the changes and refreshing you need for the current job application. Now save it, and then “SAVE AS” a “PLAIN TEXT” document. You are done with the save process, but you now need to open that thing up in the appropriate reader. This could be “Notepad” on a PC or whatever plain text reader you use on your computer.

What is the first thing you notice? All of that nice spacing is gone! This means you need to go through and add those readable spaces back into the text. If you don’t spend the time doing this arduous task you will not get any responses on the document- except a few complaints!

Next, you have to look at the places where you used bullets, centering, bold text, italics and more. Most experts indicate that hyphens and asterisks are handy tools for such times. Go ahead and play around with the esthetics of the document and be sure to limit sentences to 60 characters or less to keep them on the page.

Now save and review…does it look acceptable? You have now created a workable ASCII resume CV to email to potential employers!

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