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Has anybody thought about/seen the ability to export your careers.stackoverflow.com CV to a PDF (or Word, or OpenDocument, etc.)?

Seems like it would be a really nice feature to offer so that we have a common format for our CVs.

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Or Word, since so many HR departments and recruiters require it. (BTW: If you take an HTML resume and give it a .doc extension, Word will open it and they'll be none the wiser.) –  Paul Tomblin Oct 28 '09 at 19:17
    
That's a fantastic trick, Paul. –  Paul McMillan Oct 29 '09 at 20:18
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Though, people who require my resume in word are not usually people I want to work for... –  Paul McMillan Oct 29 '09 at 20:19
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@Paul T: that'll work great for HR people that physically read the resume, but less well for those that feed it to an automated import system. –  Joel Coehoorn Nov 5 '09 at 17:18
    
@Joel Good thing that is their problem at that point, so long as the resume doesnt disapear –  WalterJ89 Oct 18 '10 at 6:19
    
You can always just open it yourself, then re-save it as a doc(x)? –  Danny Tuppeny Mar 3 '11 at 18:48

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This has now been implemented. To access this functionality, please click "My Profile":my profile tab

and then click "create pdf":

create a pdf

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Love the request; just had someone today ask me if they could get a PDF version from me. I didn't have one, obviously.

Oh, as someone who's used ActivePDF: Use something else, if at all possible.

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I used to maintain my CV in RTF, DOC and HTML....

After years of exporting and uploading my CV in multiple formats I gave up and now just maintain it in the only format recruiters, employers and clients ever ask for - Word Format.

I'd like to make careers.stackoverflow.com the only place I need to edit to update my CV - and have it instantly updated on the web, available in the stack overflow search and downloadable as a word document.

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Yes please. And I'd like to see the export have an option to include a live link in the PDF/RTF to the online version, so that when my HR department forwards me an emailed CV to review, I can get to the live version (and the associated user's questions and answers) with a single click.

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It would be nice to offer something like HR-XML - there are already XSLT transforms available on SourceForge to convert to HTML / PDF; I'm sure anyone worth employing could do DOCX as well if required.

Also some recruitment companies actually accept HR-XML "as is".

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It would also be nice to be able to export as a (gasp) plain-text version. A lot of these companies make me paste my resume into a little text box (even when they want to interview/hire me - just so its "in their system") and I always have to manually format the darn thing!

I can see the export feature now: "Please enter how many columns wide the textbox is along with its maximum character limit."

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You can convert SO resume to PDF/DOC/HTML using this site: http://lab.madgex.com/hresume/

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Not sure who is getting it wrong careers.stackoverflow.com or madgex, but it completely ignores any styling within the experience sections. –  mlsteeves Apr 14 '10 at 12:30

Careers public CVs are marked-up using the hResume microformat. This support has improved considerably recently.

As Ivo points out, Madgex's hResume converter will give you a PDF or Word version. I can't imagine you'd want to distribute a CV with such plain formatting, but it could serve as a starting point.

Careers also has a print style sheet defined, so you can generate a quick B&W* copy of your CV by just printing to PDF (or XPS, whatever floats your boat).

*This stylesheet also removes things like navigation links, the SO Careers logo, and underlining on links. Under IE it also tries to place page breaks in intelligent places.

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I would like a PDF that is in color with the links still intact, so when I send it to them they can click on it and get to my live site. No reason to have a boring resume. –  Austyn Mahoney May 17 '11 at 19:34

I would be happy with a HTML that embeds all the CSS.

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Awesome, I just view my public CS... then File -> Print -> Save As PDF.

I love that it has a style sheet defined. And I hate that some sites require a PDF or Word doc.

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