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We should admit that creating an up-to-date online resume is very essential first step in any job hunt. Personally, I use doc format because word is standard in most businesses. It also retains formatting so the resume will look the same on the receiving end as it looked when you sent it. Lastly, word is easy for an email recipient to open, print, and forward. I hope my answer helped you in any way.
I try to send out resume's in PDF format. This way, just in case the company doesn't use MS Office or compatable, or if you save your file as a docx by mistake, the employer may not be able to open it. Also, I find that PDF's are usually smaller as well and the employers I send to seem to prefer the PDF format.