File format

Common file formats for resumes include:

  • PDF
  • Microsoft Word (doc, docx)
  • Plain Text
  • HTML

Here we recommend PDF most:

  • PDF has excellent cross-platform output quality, ensuring nearly 100% consistent printing and display
  • PDF can be embedded with fonts, allowing great freedom in font selection
  • default PDF reader available on most platforms

It's easier to learn MS Word, but delivering a resume with Word format has great disadvantages:

Of course, different HR managers in various companies can have different requirements and preferences. We recommend that you export the resume to PDF as an alternative if making it by Word

Email etiquette

Aside from the company's proprietary recruiting system, the primary method of submitting resumes for job applications should be email. Some basic e-mail etiquette is as follows.

  • set the correct email nickname, don't use informal overly fancy nicknames, it will give the employer an impression of being very unprofessional
  • use a uniform format in the email header, keep it clear and concise to convey the most important information
    • recommended format: Apply-Company Position-Name-[University/Education]-[Work Experience]
  • the body of the email should be concise, it is not recommended to write a long cover letter with a lot of personal subjective evaluation
    • best to add the title and a greeting at the beginning of text
    • contents in body
      • basic personal information, such as work status (in-service or not), position, education and work experiences, etc.
      • applying position
      • applying approach, whether recommended by others
    • add an inscriber containing name and contact information (telephone/email)
  • attach the resume file named with the same format of the header