Frequently Asked Questions

Congratulations! Your resume (and other materials) has been completed, and you are ready to launch your job search. This page will answer some frequently asked questions.

Question: I received my resume in three different formats. What are they for?

You received your final versions in Microsoft Word (.doc), pdf, and text formats. Here is a brief explanation of each format and their benefits:

Microsoft Word (.doc): This is your primary document. It can be downloaded, printed, emailed, and edited. Microsoft Word is the standard word processing program, and is usually the preferred format for emailing as an attachment. Note: Due to varying versions of Word and different printer settings, there are times when the document will appear slightly different on different computers.

Portable Document Format (.pdf): Your PDF document will appear the same on all computers, assuming they are equipped with Adobe Reader (this is a free program that is featured on most computers). Your PDF document can be can be emailed or printed, but generally cannot be edited. Use this version when there is any question of software compatibility. Some people like to send both the Word and PDF formats when attaching a resume, just to be safe. If you cannot view this format, you can download the free program from

Text (.txt): This version is the most basic format without any bells and whistles. All bold, italics, underline, shading, bullets, and graphic lines have been removed. All that remains is simple text. Although this format is not at pretty as your Word or PDF formats, it is perfect for “cutting and pasting” to emails, job boards, and websites. Some companies and websites require a scannable document to be fed into their database. Use the text version for these instances. All you need to do is open the file, “copy” the text, and then “paste” is to the appropriate destination. Because all formatting and special symbols have been removed, pasting the text should be a breeze. Note: Since the parameters of job boards and websites differ, please be sure to review the resume after pasting it to make sure it is properly aligned.

Note:  If your text file appears as one or two long lines of text, simply highlight the entire file, “copy” it, and then “paste” it to the desired destination (usually an email or a website). The text should automatically fit perfectly into the format of the website or email.

Question: What are those squiggly green and red lines on my resume. Can I get rid of them?

Microsoft Word “green lines” suspected grammatical errors, including phrases and incomplete sentences.  Resumes are full of these (the subject is missing from just about every sentence – this is standard; otherwise the word “I” would appear on every sentence). You can remove the green lines from your view by launching a spell/grammar check and “ignoring” the alerts. If you remove them, however, they will still appear on recipients’ computers once they open the file.  Unfortunately, there is nothing that can be done to permanently remove the green lines. People who use Word regularly generally are aware of this feature and know how to remove the lines on their end.

Squiggly red lines appear when Microsoft Word does not recognize the word in its dictionary. If the word in question is a proper noun (specific name of a person, place, company, job title, product, program, or department), then Microsoft Word will flag it with a red line. If you suspect a word is incorrect on your resume, please contact me.

Question: I ordered a resume only, but would now like to add a cover letter, coaching session, web portfolio, LinkedIn Profile, or other service. Can I still order these services?

Of course! But if you would like to take advantage of the package discount, call or email me. The special pricing is only available as part of a package. If you contact me within a few days of the completion of your initial project, I will be happy to extend the package pricing to you. Click here for information about additional services and pricing.