Types of Resumé – Email, Print, Scannable and Plain Text

Raghuram Sukumar Career

During job and internship search, a resumé plays a very important role. As such, well-written resumés will get anyone a high number of job interviews. Then rest is up to you to get the job.

That’s why resumés play a major role in the job search process. A friend of mine submitted his resumé in pdf format while he’s making online job searches.

If a resumé is sent using this format and it will be scanned by keyword scanners, then a pdf format will not be recognized by the software and the resumé will never get into the hands of the hiring manager. It’s like sending nothing at all.

There are different types of resumés, so students must use the appropriate type depending on a particular situation.

Resume Types:

  1. A Print Version, designed with bulleted lists, italicized text, and other highlights, ready to be printed and emailed or sent by hand to potential contacts and interviewers.
  2. A Scannable Version, a less-designed version without the fancy design highlights. Bulleted lists are fine, but that’s about the limit.
  3. A Plain Text Version, a simple file ready to be copied and pasted into online forms or posted in online resumé databases. This might also be referred to as a Text-Only copy.
  4. An E-mail Version, another plain text copy, but this one is specifically formatted for the length-of-line restrictions in e-mails. This is also a Text-Only copy.