If I use an old version of Microsoft word (2008) on an application will a potential employer be able to open it?

I’m job hunting, and I’m worried that if I submit my cover letter/ resume using 2008 Microsoft word the hiring manager won’t be able to open it if they’re using the latest version of word, or if there’s a conversion process they won’t bother? If this is the case is there a way around that?

12 Answers

  • Steven
    Lv 4
    1 month ago
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    No, he will not able to open it. You have to use notepad, online google doc, etc. 

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  • 1 month ago

    just update to windows 10 for the love of God

  • 1 month ago

    Absolutely they will if they are using a any Microsoft Office Version. However if they do not have Microsoft Office Installed then they can view the same in the web version however they wont be able to edit it.

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  • 1 month ago

    yes, office is backward compatible, you may need some format conversion, but it still works

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  • 1 month ago

    Always use PDF when sending documents such as a resume. That is the only way you can ensure that the recipient sees the formatting exactly as you did it. That is because PDF retains the exact fonts you used, whereas a DOC or DOCX version is subject to availability of the same fonts on the recipients PC.

  • Bill-M
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Create your resume in Word, but instead of saving it has a Word Document (DOCX) save it as a PDF.   After you type the Document save it as you normally do as a DOCX, but don't close the document.  click on File and in the drop down menu select EXPORT and Export as PDF.  Anyone can open a PDF>

  • 1 month ago

    All versions of Word are able to read files produced in older versions, at least as far back as Office 97.

  • Dick
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Yes, it can be opened just fine.  If you are really worried about it save your application as a PDF file and send that to the hiring manager.  Everyone has a PDF reader if they're using Win 10.

  • 1 month ago

    Ah that is an issue.  Microsoft keeps changing its formats and they call them upgrades.  What they really are are incentives to buy more software from Microsoft.  It's called planned obsolescence in the marketing world.

    Anyhow your 2008 Word will produce .doc format while your bosses newer version most likely will read .dcx format.  You can get around that issue by downloading a format converter onto you machine.   That will convert your .doc to .dcx before you send the document off and your boss will be able to read it.The converters are typically free for uploading.

  • A.J.
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Use freeware MS Compatible and save to formats of Office.

    LibreOffice, Openoffice, or others.

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