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How to Name Your Resume and Cover Letter

Save and Name Resume and Cover Letter Documents


Resume File Names
Andrew St. Clair

When you are applying for jobs, it's important to name your resume with a file name that includes your name. This way, hiring mangers will know whose resume it is and it will be easier for them to track and manage your resume.

How to Name Your Resume

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