Word is the dominant global word processing software and is the standard upon which every Applicant Tracking System (ATS) is built. An ATS is the program responsible for scanning your resume to see if you are a good match for the position. As such, job seekers must create a resume in Word (.doc) format. The newer .docx format is not yet widely accepted, so rather than risk the chance that their file can’t be viewed or opened, job seekers should always opt for the lower-level .doc format. Plain text versions (saved as .txt files) are also important because they are the best format to paste into online job applications. Today’s technology has not yet reached the point where, universally, online applications can read Word files accurately and interpret them correctly. Similarly, ATS and scanning systems are not all capable of reading PDF files, so unless specifically requested, a PDF file should not be used for online applications nor with resume scanning and applicant tracking systems.
Info courtesy of Career Thought Leaders