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"Perhaps things have changed. When I was in school we used a lot of dtf files and content was more important than file format."
Things have changed for school. Unfortunately they have also changed on the outside. When applying for a job, 95% of all companies/agencies want your resume emailed to them in MS Word Format. Sending them a PDF file is as good as never getting called for an interview. Ridiculous yes, however it is reality, at least here in the US. So in reality these day, sadly, format is more important than content to business.
"Why on earth would it be a problem to send your resume to a prospective employer as a MS Word Format document created by OpenOffice?
However annoying it might be, this is NOT a reason to use Microsoft Office over OpenOffice."
The only reason would be that formatting is handled differently. I never said to use one over the other, I use both. Depends on what is being asked for and what the requirements are. The fact is, depending on the formatting choices you make in OO.o, the document, although saved in .doc format, will look totally different when opened in MS Office.
"In fact, if you use Office 2007, and your prospective employer uses an older version of Office, then you are very likely to have a better result if you prepare your resume with OpenOffice than if you had prepared it using Office 2007 and saved it in "compatibility mode"."
I have not found this to be true. I imagine if you carefully formatted a document in OO.o, then yes, that would work.
I am not the enemy here, just pointing out my observations. I have pushed OO.o at my employment, however it has yet to go anywhere. Sales and Marketing teams have a huge say in the tools that are used. I got them to try OO.o, and it actually worked better in some respects. Where it failed them was in presentations and designing newsletters and such. Is this the right tool for that? Maybe not..but yet it is what is in use in most companies. If it were up to me, I would deploy OO.o. Unfortunately, it is not, as IT folks get very little say in what software is run on the end user desktops like it or not.
"Funny thing is, a friend of mine has a small company that specializes in writing FOSS software on-demand (Yes, it's possible to earn a living that way if you are good at it). He once told me that resumes sent to them in ".doc" format go directly to the trash. Ahh, sweet revenge "
Actually it shouldn't matter what format the resume is in, that is the whole point. I realize there are plenty of people that are "FOSS or die", and many that are "MS or die". I prefer "Whatever is best for the job or die".
Unfortunately there are too many fanatics on both sides of the fence.