Like most people here, my resume/CV is in LaTeX, but there are always these annoying companies (or more often, recruiters) who will only look at resumes in Microsoft Word format. How can I translate my beautiful LaTeX document into .doc without making it look horrible?
There is a commercial product called GrindEQ which can also convert math. Another option is to import your LaTeX into LyX, and output as a Word document.
Your mileage may vary, which is why I am inundating you with choices.
Print or compile it to an image, then paste it in a word file. Then copy and paste the source and/or textual form, and paste it in the document invisible under the image.
This does 3 things:
- Works independent of MS Word version. Pasting an image in a word file is not a new feature
- Includes the text in the document. Many companies want this so they can do a textual search for keywords (to narrow down or sift resumes)
- Sticks it to the Word users (makes me smile inside)
Then I usually go find a different company that likes computer nerds.
I've had mixed experiences with
latex2rtf – it generally manages to produce something, but often misses important bits of structure.
I've had most consistent success with pandoc (as one of the other answers notes). I compared a couple of alternative routes, and its converter to Open Office seemed more reliable than its converter direct to Word. Thus convert with
% pandoc -r latex -w odt -o file.odt file.tex
file.odt with OpenOffice and save it as Microsoft Word 97/2000/XP (.doc).
In the cases I tried, that managed to preserve quite a lot of document structure, emphases, and footnotes. The documents in question used almost no maths, but converting that would be probably unreasonable.
Adobe Acrobat XI Pro provides "pdf -> word" feature that is capable of neatly and accurately convert the pdf file to word. It can successfully convert figures, tables, mathematical equations, and references from pdf to "word.docx". I converted my LaTeX file to pdf and then converted to word. Compared to other applications and tools, this is fantastically easy and accurate. Adobe provides 1 month free trial and you can do convert your file without limit. Download it from here
If you don't mind a third party user accessing your information (particularly something as sensitive as a CV), I have found converting a pdf to word to be an effective way of managing this. For example one free service is convertpdftoword. Although it makes the word document quite large, I've found that it usually preserves the formatting almost perfectly.
pandoc can convert between many formats, notably LaTeX and Microsoft Word.