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Author: snie Big red star, 1000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 49430  
Subject: Re: Plain text? Date: 1/22/2003 11:30 AM
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I am applying to several companines online. Most have a place to paste your cover letter and/or resume and request that it be in plain text format. I have my cover letter and resume saved as Word documents. When I try to paste them in they lose all formatting. I also tried saving them as Rich Text, but they still lose formatting when I paste them in to the various websites. What file type is considered plain text? Thanks in advance

The file type for plain text is usually .txt. In Word, you can pick "Text Only" from the save as file type box. Then, open the document in Notepad (Start > Accessories > Notepad), to tidy up the formatting using SPACES and the enter key only. Use the enter key to keep lines to a reasonable length (72 characters), as text only files don't usually go to the next line when the line gets long.

If you want to move stuff over, use the space bar, NOT the tab key, because many different forms interpret the tab differently (i.e. tab may be 4 spaces somewhere, and 8 spaces somewhere else). Your formatting will be 100% consistent if you use the space bar only.

When I was job hunting, I used the text-only document exclusively online. Even when emailing your resume, many employers don't like opening attachments, and with a text-only resume, you can put it in the body of the email. Might not look as slick, but is more likely to get read.

Good luck!

Snie
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