I Couldn't Help But Wonder...Do I Really Need to Get Microsoft Word?
The answer is YES, YES YOU DO. Sorry but it's true. I know it's not what you want to hear. But the fact is that if you're actively seeking employment, you to need to get Microsoft Word. You cannot get by on Google Docs or Apple Pages. Here's why:
1. First of all, if you're submitting to job link sites or if you're submitting online direclty via a company's website, the submission forms will only accept Microsoft Word or PDFs. Some only accept Word. Some only accept PDFs. Some accept both. NONE of them accept Google Docs or Apple Pages. Do you really want to miss out on a job opportunity because you didn't have the right software to submit your resume in the appropriate document type?
2. You should also get Word during your job search so that you will be empowered to make changes to your resume as you see fit. I am happy to make those changes for you but you'll have to pay me to do that (after we've finalized your draft) and do it on my schedule. You'll be so much more empowered to adjust your resume as you like if you have the proper software to do so.
3. Lastly, if we work together, I only produce resumes drafts in Word. Once the editing process is over, I will send you a PDF as well, however if you're viewing the Word doc resume draft on Google Docs or Apple Pages, the layout will not transfer between the software properly. And if you don't have Word, you won't even be able to submit the resume to certain job sites.
These days, you don't have to buy the entire program. Microsoft offers a Word subscription for only $6.99/month (see here), which you can cancel as soon as you've landed a job. The subscription includes the Word App, so that you can save your resume on your phone and have instant access to it, which comes in handy if you're networking and someone asks to see your resume--it will be right there in your phone!
Dont let less than $7/month come between you and a job!