Job seekers spend a great deal of time perfecting and polishing their resume. They make sure that every phrase packs a punch, spelling and grammar is spot on, the format is easily readable, and it is tailored to each job opening. They’ve highlighted their strongest qualifications, incorporated metrics, and crafted a catchy marketing message. Sounds like the recipe for success, right? It absolutely could be, but overlooking one seemingly small detail can make a big difference: what did you label your resume file?
Countless people simply title their resume just that – “resume.” When you’re searching on your computer, you know exactly what you’re looking for and what the file is. However, when you are applying for jobs, this isn’t enough. A hiring manager could get more than a hundred applicants for the same position. That makes for a lot of generic “resume” files that all blend together. There is nothing to make you stand out or differentiate yourself from the other applicants. So how can you fix this often overlooked blunder?
- Include at least your name or initials. While they may not know you by name yet, adding it to your resume label separates you from everyone else. You could go with “John Smith Resume” or “J. Smith Resume” but at least it is tied back to a person.
- Make it catchy. Start selling yourself from the start. Transform your file name into a mini advertisement for yourself. “J. Smith Accounting Whiz” or “Mary Jones Graphic Design Expert.” While you don’t want to make it too lengthy, create something that will catch their attention and further set you apart.
- Capitalize appropriately. It doesn’t take a lot of effort to capitalize each word but it can make a difference in how your resume is perceived. “johndoeresume” all runs together and, depending on your name, it could become confusing. Capitalization and spaces make for a clearer, more polished impression.
Additionally, make sure that you are saving your resume with the specified file extension. Word (.doc) or PDF (.pdf) files are the most commonly used. Some employers will state which format it should be in. PDF files are beneficial because they preserve your formatting and will look the same regardless of operating system. If you are using Word, make sure that it is saved as the more widely accepted .doc instead of .docx. Not all computers are running the same version of the software and your resume may not open at all or come up looking much different than you intended. Saving as a PDF is often a safe bet which will preserve the integrity of your document. It is also generally compatible with ATS systems used to scan resumes.
These may not seem like important details, but they make a difference. You want to make a good impression right from the start. Before you save your resume with its new and improved file name, make sure that it is portraying you in the best light. Contact Chic Resumes for all of your resume writing needs, and let us help you create the polished and professional resume that employers are looking for. Call (803) 831-7444 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to get started.