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Old 21-02-2013, 10:34
hammo
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Ive a CV stored on my laptop and want to know what the best way of converting it into different formats as different employers want it that way.
I want it to be stored in different formats so they can be sent by email when as and when its wanted.
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Old 21-02-2013, 10:39
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What format is it in at the moment and what formats do you want to convert to? And what software did you use to create it?

Most half way decent word processors can save in a variety of formats so you may be able to save the document in a variety of formats already.
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Old 21-02-2013, 11:11
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just do a save as and call it cv-word2003 and select word 2003 as the file format

rinse and repeat into as many formats as you like
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Old 22-02-2013, 01:44
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You probably only need to save two/three formats Word (2002) [*.DOC] and PDF [*.PDF], possibly TXT [*.TXT].

The Word one is best as an older version like Word 2002 format, because that can be opened by later versions of MS Office Word and other software.

Most Word proccessors save to those 3 formats these days, even Openoffice/Libreoffice will do say Word 2002 and PDF and TXT.
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Old 22-02-2013, 11:15
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I dont know the format but I can open it in Notepad
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Old 22-02-2013, 13:34
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I dont know the format but I can open it in Notepad
That would imply plain text then. What are the three letters after the dot in the file name? If as I suspect they are TXT then it looks like it's plain text.

Do you have any sort of office software on your computer? If so then load it into the word processor part and maybe tart it up a bit there then save as Microsoft Word Doc format and PDF as a start. They would probably cover most eventualities.

If you don't have anything suitable download LibreOffice (free) and install that. It can save in Word format and PDF very easily.

http://www.libreoffice.org/download/
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Old 22-02-2013, 14:32
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That would imply plain text then. What are the three letters after the dot in the file name? If as I suspect they are TXT then it looks like it's plain text.

Do you have any sort of office software on your computer? If so then load it into the word processor part and maybe tart it up a bit there then save as Microsoft Word Doc format and PDF as a start. They would probably cover most eventualities.

If you don't have anything suitable download LibreOffice (free) and install that. It can save in Word format and PDF very easily.

http://www.libreoffice.org/download/

Its a RTF file
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Old 22-02-2013, 14:46
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Originally Posted by hammo;
Its a RTF file
That's Rich Text Format, if the extension is correct for the actual file format. Notepad would open an RTF file but it would be hard to read as it would show all the normally hidden RTF format codes in plain text.

Or is it opening in Wordpad instead? That can read RTF files and apply the text formatting correctly.

Anyway some thing like LibreOffice or Microsoft Word can read RTF without trouble and convert to other formats. You might find that even Wordpad can save it as some flavour of Microsoft Word document format.

Though given that RTF is a fairly generic format I'd be very surprised if every one you sent it to didn't have something that could read it properly.
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Old 22-02-2013, 14:49
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PDF would be the best, I deal with a lot of companies from Blue Chip to 1 man operations and can count on one hand the times they have failed to open a PDF file.
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Old 22-02-2013, 15:10
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PDF file can be read by Adobe Acrobat which is a free download, so there's really no reason why anyone wouldn't be able to open it.
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Old 22-02-2013, 15:16
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Yes I know its Adobe Acrobat Reader is a free download, I was talking more in the fact they couldn't open it straight away, without additional software. In fact a pdf can be opened or placed into just about anything from Photoshop, Illustrator or Word/Publisher, thus making it the best format for getting a CV into employers hands, without the OP having to worry about all the formating going wild or missing fonts etc.
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