RÉSUMÉ ENCYCLOPEDIA

RTF (RICH TEXT FORMAT) FOR RÉSUMÉS

(of historical interest only)

RTF is not relevant to résumés anymore. It’s increasingly irrelevant to anything else. RTF was a Microsoft standard for exchanging text, with a limited amount of basic visual formatting, between different word-processing applications, or different versions of Word. Microsoft stopped maintaining the standard in 2008, so it is not fully compatible with Word 2010 or later.

The history of RTF and résumés: Word documents created with versions older than Word 2007 were notorious carriers of “macro” viruses, and for that reason some employers used to request that résumés be sent in RTF format, rather than Word. With Word 2007, .docx became the standard format for Word documents, and .docx files can’t carry macro viruses. (But .doc files still can. And, in fact, so can files with the .rtf extension, if they have been renamed from .doc. And they can host other malware as well.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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