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FutureStarrHow to Make a Resume File Smaller
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average size of the total number of resumes filed for the entire U.S. workforce is 107,000. The average resume file is a whopping 46 MB and it may take as many as 50 hours to download a single resume file.
Online Resume Posting: If you are posting your resume online, there should be instructions on which file format to use and how to upload your resume. Some employer websites and job sites specify in which format you should send your resume. For example, Indeed suggests uploading a Word document (.doc, .docx), a PDF created from a text file (not scanned in as an image), or a plain .txt, .rtf, .html, or .odt file.
Other employers may be concerned about viruses, which can be found in email attachments. In the job ad, employers may specify that any emailed documents be PDFs, which are virus-free. Some employers may request that you copy your resume directly into the body of your email, avoiding attachments entirely. In this case, you'll save your resume as a text (.txt) file, and then paste it directly into the email. (Source: www.thebalancecareers.com)
This is my resume as a .pdf. My issue is that the company whom I'm applying for has a file size limit which is 500kb. The file you're looking at currently is 2.25 MB. I'm fully aware that there are ways to compress pdf's, although many of them either completely make my resume look like a big blur, or simply can't even compress it below the 500kb requirement. My question is this... am I fucked? Must I redo my entire resume in some ultra bad word format in order make the 500kb limit? Or is there a way around this that I'm not fully aware of? Thanks in advance.
That being said, an MS Word document may be called for when dealing with bigger companies. Yet note that with smaller companies the situation may be different. It’s more than likely that resumes for small- to medium-sized businesses will be screened and reviewed by humans. In those cases, sending a PDF resume can be a safe bet. (Source: www.investintech.com)