Linking to a Google Doc .doc as .pdf

I recently decided to update my resume, which forced me to revisit an issue I originally faced when posting my resume to my site: I am writing it as a doc file in Google Docs but I want to link to it as a PDF and have my updates visible immediately.

I know this is a selfish thing to want, and I settled for the quick and easy solution of copying the PDF to my host and pointing to the local file. After updating my resume today, I thought, “I’m sure someone has already encountered this.” A quick search on Google took me to a Google knol article in which the other provides a link which will convert the Google Doc (provided by a document id) to a desired format. This link causes the PDF to download immediately, but when passed to the document viewer, it works as expected. Perfect!

Here is the article citation:

Google Docs Guide 2. Google Docs Help: Howto Link Straight To A Public Docs Pdf Or Other Supported File [Internet]. Version 2. Knol. 2008 Oct 8. Available from:

And the link template described in the article:[FORMAT]&docID=[ID]

Check out my resume for an example.

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