So. Let’s talk about one teeny, tiny, but oh-so-important detail: the filename of your resume.
Do yourself a favor: open up the folder in which your resume resides, and take a look at how it appears. Clearly, it’s recognizable to you as your resume. Perhaps you’ve named it “Resume.doc”? Or “resume5.doc”…? Or perhaps the ever-descriptive “MyResume2015.doc”…?
Now, think like a hiring manager who literally sees hundreds of resumes a day. The good ones get saved in a folder, much like the one your resume currently resides in. Do you think your resume will stand out as yours if it’s named, say, “Resume.doc”?
My point: resume file name matters. Eye-roll if you must, but naming your resume file professionally is just about the easiest thing you can do right when applying for a job. Your file name is, after all, your resume’s first impression. Use those precious characters to both stand out and look like you know what you’re doing. You know, fake it ’til you make it.
Here’s a short tutorial on naming and saving your resume file like a pro.
Malena Harrang is a Customer Success Manager at Koru, the leader in predictive hiring based on what really drives performance. She’s been with Koru for three years, working closely with college students and employers to help them find the right fit.