Tuesday, April 19, 2011

YES! Your Résumé’s File Name DOES Matter!

Now that résumés have gone digital, it is more important than ever that job seekers keep their files names stored in a manner that is ‘end-reader’ friendly. Some basic résumé ‘don’ts include the following:

Resume.doc - It is highly likely that recruiters and the like will already have that particular file name somewhere in their database, so you can be sure that if you are not outstanding in some way, your file will get lost in the pile of somewhat suitable candidates if not deleted completely.

2010 resume.doc - This file name is a poorer choice than the one listed above. This file name suggests that you haven’t bothered to update your résumé since last year. Regards of whether or not you have made any modifications to the document in terms of updating your current employer, education or skill set, anyone reviewing a document with this name will see the candidate, at the very minimum, as candidate who doesn’t pay any attention to detail.

2011 resume.doc - Tells the recruiter or hiring manager that you look for a new career opportunity at least once per year.

Microsoft Resume.doc - This file name may work if you are applying at a job at MICROSOFT!

Apple Resume.doc - See above!

Anything.docx - “docx” is the new file format for Microsoft Office 2007 or later. Know that those who do not have that version of Office may be unable to open your file. Another concern is that the format used in your original document may show up differently on different word processing programs.

Anything.doc - Know that not every company uses Microsoft Word, you should consider saving your file as a PDF file. N.B. There are several FREE PDF converters available, so it may be in your best interest to get into the habit of converting your application documents.

SMITH_John2011.03.05.0114.doc - Those who see this type of file mane would conclude that either you are seriously OCD organized, a librarian, or some sort of operating system.

Resume10_v3.doc - Those who will read your document will not care about the version of your résumé they are reading. They may wonder why you keep changing your document, but that wondering will pass quickly.

Helpful Hint:
Try to make life a little easier for those who are likely to receive MANY résumés for any and all posted job opportunities by using your name [first and last] and advertised position job title in the file name.

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