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Old 07-06-2009, 01:22 PM
kdogg121 kdogg121 is offline Windows 7 64bit Office 2007
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Default Maintain formatting while copying text from word, and pasting into a webpage.


I have been applying to jobs online and many of the companies require that I copy and paste my resume into a textbox on their website, instead of just uploading the file. I have copied and tried pasting this several times on different sites and each time, the formatting changes, all of the information moves to the left margin, some text gets moved to a different spot, etc and I have to manually go in and change the text back to how it looked in the Word document. When copying and pasting I looked for paste special, however I only have a regular paste option. Is there any way I can maintain the format I have in Word, when pasting it into websites? Thanks.
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Old 07-07-2009, 02:50 AM
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It all comes down to 2 things!

1) How you have created the resume in Word...

Did you:

  • use tabs to space all the information?
  • use tables?
  • use (ARRRRRG!) the space bar to allign?
  • use the alignment options for different lines?
All of these can be a problem when using the paste sites

2) How the web site works

Does it:

  • use html code?
  • use rich text formatting?
  • only allow basic formatting?

I have had the same issue, and so I now have three resumes:

  1. Using tabs to align (rich text formatting)
  2. Using html code
  3. Made in Notepad (for when the other two don't work)
Seems a bit of a pain, but once created it means that I can add them to a site and have them look like they should.
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