Q: I get frustrated with corporate websites that only allow uploading a resume that is devoid of all formatting. Is there any way around this?
A: No, there is usually no way around the rules that some companies have for uploading a resume. Keep in mind, though, that many companies allow you to submit a polished copy of your resume. Whatever the case, the content should shine regardless of the formatting.
Having said that, a smart looking resume isn’t solely for that initial contact. An outstanding resume is really a prerequisite. It’s a necessary part of your job search toolkit that will help you in several places along the way. Let the reality of this job search statistic be all of the motivation you need to ensure that you get that outstanding resume directly into the hands of as many people as possible (not just uploaded on websites). Also, I can tell you that an incredible resume is about the best thing you can have going for you when a hiring manager is making a final decision on which candidate to select.
Deal with those resume-unfriendly websites as needed, but don’t let them discourage you. They represent a small part of the job search picture.