A friend just had a recruiter add skills he lacked
I have a contractor friend who is looking for his next position and just spoke with a recruiter a week ago for an interview yesterday.
The recruiter added skills he did not have to get the resume past screening and my friend got blindsided in the interview. They added all sorts of DevOps stuff that he did ...
I have sent several applications over these months for different
companies and contractors. Usually I sent the resume in PDF format.
I'm curious and at some point also a little bit upset when recruiters
request my resume in doc format. If a change is needed I can do it
myself and send it back. But to send the resume in doc format I felt
at some point like ...
Why recruiters ask a resume in doc format?
Because they are either lazy, incompetent or manipulative.
Is there really a foundation in such feelings or is just my mad brain thinking to much on it?
Your feelings are entirely correct. There is no good reason to not accept a PDF resume. You can certainly edit the heck out of a PDF as well, but it's more work ...
Some companies request a doc format because it’s a requirement for whatever software they’re using to scan the resumes. Or they may even just be using the review tools in Word itself when evaluating resumes.
Now, I did work with a 3rd party recruiter once (he didn’t work for the organization I was applying to) who did want to make changes to my resume before ...
Other answers on this question (and multiple others on Workplace SE) have covered why the majority of LI recruiters are not scammers. My experience on LI broadly matches what is described in the other answers.
I'd like to add one very specific scam that I did detect about a year ago, but it seems to have stopped now - or LI have got better at detecting the ...