Off Topic - Apple/Pages plain text resume for online applications on programs such as Taleo

Sorry to go so far off topic but this is the most tech savvy forum I belong to and I seem to remember previous posts about job hunts.

Since I have Apple/Pages and PC/Word is more common I was aware that compatibility might be an issue so I created PDF version(s) of my resume(s). I tried applying for a position directly with an employer using their Taleo based program. I clicked "browse" then "choose" and it looked like the PDF attached but when I opened it to make sure it looked ok all I saw was cyber text gibberish.

Is that what I should expect to see or should I assume that it isn't "translating" properly and that the prospective employer won't be able to read it?

I am in the process of creating a plain text version and it looks like the default font is Helvetica. All "bolding", italics, etc. are gone. The only emphasis is created with all caps or hyphens instead of bullets.

FWIW, I have googled this to the best of my ability and there is a fair amount of information on plain text resumes but nothing regarding Apple / Pages specifically. If anyone is aware of any good resources for creating and posting resumes with Apple/Pages I would appreciate links or the information necessary to google them.

Thanks

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Open Office?

I think an option in Open Office is to save as a Word file. Quite often the online job application sites take the data from Word files and convert to a PDF, so you could try uploading a Word-saved file created in OO and see if it converts any cleaner to PDF.

From the employer's perspective, uploading a plain text file is often just as good, since the conversions don't always keep the formatting the way the person created it. If the conversion wasn't good, then plain text is actually easier to read. Then when you get the interview, you can take a correctly formatted paper resume with you to leave with the employer. In other words, as long as you're not applying for a visually creative job, worry more about the content of the resume than the formatting.

Sadly, I have never mastered

Sadly, I have never mastered "Open Office". I know that it is widely used here but on the rare occasion I tried to create my own planning pages I simply used MS Word.

~Cath

PDF, RTF, and Word (a la Open Office)

I had 3 copies of my resume on a web page.
That way, all I needed to forward was a link to the page.
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"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

I have no idea how to do a

I have no idea how to do a web page and I'm not sure now is the best time given that I am struggling to create an uploadable plain text document.

But thanks for the suggestion.

Keep them coming. :)
~Cath

You have 3 choices

Choice 1

Copy and paste your resume in the plain text application that comes with the Mac and send a pdf version of that plain text.

The first scanner of your resume is a computer so there is no need to worry about formatting.

Choice 2

Download Open Office, copy your resume from pages to a new text document and use the format save as Microsoft Word.

Choice 3

Download Open Office, copy your resume from pages to a new text document and do an import as pdf file.

Whatever you do, email the resume to yourself before sending it out, just like you did before, it will show how your email looks to the prospective employer.

There's no need for OpenOffice

Pages can directly create a Word document. Just choose "Export" from the File menu, and choose the Word tab.

That said, it's possible you're run into another problem I see from time to time: Make sure that your PDF file ends in .pdf before you upload it. Many Mac programs will not put it there, but many websites will only know the right thing to do with the file if it ends in .pdf. Just go to Finder, and rename the file, being sure to add the ".pdf". This could solve your entire problem, assuming the job site supports PDF.

Good luck!

Thank you for the PDF suggestion

bp,
Thanks so much for the insight. I was trying to upload a plain text version (for maximum scanability) but it wasn't in PDF form. So I took the plain text document, exported it to PDF format and was able to upload that without it converting to cyber text gibberish once it uploaded. At least as far as I could tell once I opened it before final submission.

I might have thought of that myself but when I uploaded my resume to "populate" the questionnaire I used a PDF file and I couldn't tell that the information was correctly pulled out until I took a leap of faith and proceeded to the next step, not knowing if I was locking in a gibberish version of my resume or not.

So, thank you, thank you, thank you.

And thanks to everyone for all of the other suggestions.

That said, it's possible you're run into another problem I see from time to time: Make sure that your PDF file ends in .pdf before you upload it. Many Mac programs will not put it there, but many websites will only know the right thing to do with the file if it ends in .pdf. Just go to Finder, and rename the file, being sure to add the ".pdf". This could solve your entire problem, assuming the job site supports PDF.

Bean for the Mac

Hi
I am still quite new to the Mac and didn't want to load Office and Pages and I are not getting on to well at present so I went looking for a simple word processor that will save .doc files and found Bean, which is freeware which is nice :-)It can be found at www (dot) bean-osx (dot)com

It is updated quite regularly and I have found it very good, it doesn't have all the bells and whistles of other packages but that is nice because it forces you to focus on what you are writing.

Hope this helps

Al