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Resume File Name

How to Select a Resume File Name

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It's important to select a file name for your resume that includes your own name. When you apply for jobs, hiring mangers will know whose resume it is and it will be easier for them to track your job application.

How to Select a Resume File Name

Don't name your resume resume.doc. There will be no way to distinguish it from all the other resumes with the same file name. Instead, use your name as the file name. The employer will know whose resume it is at a glance i.e. johndoeresume.doc. Name your cover letter the same way i.e. johndoecoverletter.doc.

Options for Saving Your Resume

It's important to send or upload your resume as a PDF or a Word document. This way the receiver will get a copy of your resume and cover letter in the original format.

To save your resume as a Word (.doc) document click on File, Save As, and type in the file name you are giving your resume i.e. johndoeresume.doc.

Don't save your resume or letters as .docx files, because hiring managers without the latest version of Microsoft Word won't be able to easily open them.

To save your documents as a PDF, depending on your word processing software you may be able to File, Print to Adobe PDF. If not, there are free programs you can use to convert a file to a PDF.

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