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Creating a RTF version

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You may find times when you need to save your resume from word to RTF format in order to upload to some resume banks, or for recruiters that need to copy and paste into their own formatting on an ATS system. It's always a good idea to have this type of format saved and ready to go. Once you save to this format, you may need to do some additional tweaking to the formatting to make it look professional in this type of format as well, mostly especially if you have any table formatting involved, although sometimes you may not need to do much tweaking at all.

Creating a RTF version

You may find times when you need to save your resume from word to RTF format in order to upload to some resume banks, or for recruiters that need to copy and paste into their own formatting on an ATS system. It's always a good idea to have this type of format saved and ready to go. Once you save to this format, you may need to do some additional tweaking to the formatting to make it look professional in this type of format as well, mostly especially if you have any table formatting involved, although sometimes you may not need to do much tweaking at all.

It's easy to save into this type of format. Let me show you the steps. Just click on File > Save As and then browse to the folder that you want to save this document in. Since we've already saved on the Desktop a folder called Resumes, make sure you browse to the place that you've saved your folder. As when saving to other formats, such as the lower version of Word, a great way of keeping organized is to create a folder that contains all of the different versions of your resume in different file formats.

Just make sure that you create one folder to store your different versions and other folders by company name to store your targeted resumes. Since we are going to be saving into Rich Text Format, or RTF for short, I am going to click on the down arrow next to Save as type and I am going to choose Rich Text Format. I'll stick with the same naming convention I've been using, and I'll type in 'Mariann Siegert', and as you could see, the other files that we've been saving are there as well. And I am just going to call it Mariann Siegert - Resume, and this is RTF.

It's automatically going to put that extension on there for me, so I am just going to click on Save. Again, the last step is to always check the formatting and to make changes to the document that's needed. So, since we saved down to PDF, this is in a table. It still looks good. I don't see anything that we need to make a change to here. Go down to the second page and check it as well, and everything stayed intact. You may also need to take your name and contact information out of the header. Some older ATS systems will not be able to read this information.

I've also found that some resume banks have had problems with the information contained in the headings as well. It will just come out as a black bar and you can't read your name or contact information. Now since your name and contact information is probably something that you want to make sure that you include, you can just cut and paste the information from the header into the main body of the resume. Let me show you how to do that. I am just going to go into the header, I am going to do a Ctrl+A to select everything, Ctrl+X to cut it, and then I am going to go back into my document here and get out of the header.

I want to make sure that I am at the very, very top of my document, so I am going to hit Ctrl and then Home, Home. Now I am at the very top of my document. I want to make sure that I set my Style back to Normal. So I am going to do a Ctrl+Shift and the letter N for Normal, and I could see that just a little bit of a slight twitch in the computer there means that I have been set back to the Normal style, and I'm ready to paste. And you could do Ctrl+V to paste. Now make sure that you recheck your formatting one more time. Everything looks fine.

It's all spaced well, and that's it. Saving from Word format to RTF is easy. You may need to do some cleaning up after saving to RTF and consider moving some information from your header into the main body of your document prior to uploading to resume banks. But with a little time and patience, you can once again have a professional- looking resume ready and available when needed, and remember to take several copies of your main, or your masterpiece, resume with you do the interview to hand out as part of your package instead of this RTF version.

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Creating an Effective Resume

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  1. 3m 51s
    1. Welcome
      1m 23s
    2. Using the exercise files
      54s
    3. Filling out the career management worksheet
      1m 34s
  2. 29m 13s
    1. Creating a marketing campaign
      2m 50s
    2. Discovering your dream job
      3m 39s
    3. Understanding the importance of keywords
      2m 14s
    4. Finding essential keywords
      6m 34s
    5. Incorporating action verbs
      4m 51s
    6. Getting results using PAR statements
      4m 40s
    7. Researching the employer
      4m 25s
  3. 37m 2s
    1. Targeting your resume
      7m 16s
    2. Sidestepping blunders and the "10-Second Screen-Out"
      5m 44s
    3. Deciding on resume length
      6m 29s
    4. Keeping your resume concise
      5m 23s
    5. Refreshing your resume
      4m 52s
    6. Critiquing your resume
      3m 31s
    7. Avoiding identity theft
      3m 47s
  4. 21m 14s
    1. Entering the workforce
      7m 48s
    2. Filling in employment gaps
      5m 21s
    3. Dealing with long-term employment
      3m 9s
    4. Switching career paths
      4m 56s
  5. 12m 38s
    1. Understanding resume jargon
      1m 27s
    2. Reverse chronological
      2m 25s
    3. Functional
      6m 11s
    4. Combined chrono-functional
      2m 35s
  6. 7m 1s
    1. Understanding the curriculum vitae (CV)
      3m 29s
    2. Working with online resumes and portfolios
      3m 32s
  7. 41m 23s
    1. Formatting fundamentals for your resume
      6m 39s
    2. Including (or not including) an objective
      4m 10s
    3. Creating a headline
      5m 1s
    4. Writing a qualifications summary
      4m 47s
    5. Showcasing achievements vs. listing job duties
      5m 31s
    6. Including technical information
      5m 22s
    7. Putting your education to work
      4m 41s
    8. Including awards, honors, and other information
      5m 12s
  8. 19m 1s
    1. Knowing which file format is best
      2m 10s
    2. Saving to earlier versions of Word
      2m 48s
    3. Saving as a PDF
      5m 27s
    4. Creating a RTF version
      3m 54s
    5. Saving to HTML format
      4m 42s
  9. 15m 9s
    1. Evaluating online resume banks
      5m 32s
    2. Writing effective names for resume banks
      3m 43s
    3. Double-checking formatting after uploading
      2m 45s
    4. Becoming too visible
      3m 9s
  10. 21m 45s
    1. Creating a cover letter
      7m 47s
    2. Compiling your references
      4m 35s
    3. Writing thank-you notes
      5m 38s
    4. Printing, copying, and the importance of paper
      3m 45s
  11. 52s
    1. Goodbye
      52s

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