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Discussion on: Always do these 16 things when you're taking screening calls with recruiters

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Corey McCarty

Regarding supplying resume as word doc: I've actually had a really good point made by a few people that if the recruiter needs to edit your resume for some reason then it's best to have them tell you what it should be. Otherwise you don't really know what they are doing to it. Be in control of your own presentation. If they have valid improvements then you want to make those changes on your resume for everyone and not just for them. If it isn't valid then there's no need to let them be changing the way you are presented.

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Eliot Sanford Author

Valid point. I'm going to include this point. I usually do wait to send the word doc after that sort of discussion takes place.

I like this thinking though because yes, you want to keep control of your resume. You certainly want to seek feedback from your recruiter about what they would like to see in resume.

From what I've heard, most recruiters do this whether a pdf or a word doc copy is sent. After a discussion and questioning, they build a summary and/or update the resume on their end with information that would be relevant to the hiring manager. Employers often want the resume reformatted in a standard way into their document template. I've never been involved in that process, but that's what I've heard from senior recruiters on social and personally.

Good call out. Thanks, Corey.