What you name your resume is one of the most important things you can do to ensure the right people see your resume.
Whether you are e-mailing your resume to prospective employers or uploading it on employment websites, such as Monster.com or CareerBuilder.com, naming your resume properly can help enhance your return by introducing relevant keywords.
What you are going for here is a file name that will show up in searches.
Here, it pays to think like a recruiter or HR person who is looking for a specific candidate with specific qualifications. Keep in mind that hiring personnel screen dozens, hundreds, and perhaps thousands of resumes. Suppose the company is seeking a web developer with expertise in cascading sheet style (CSS).
So, what Monster resume title should you go with when naming your resume?
There are actually a couple of layers to naming your resume — and here are a few resume name examples and ideas to help:
First, when creating a new account on major job boards, such as Monster.com and CareerBuilder.com, naming your resume can be crucial as well, as employers see the name you give your resume. Assigning a well thought out resume name is important to providing potential employers with a quick “taste” of what you have to offer. See the below examples:
Second, you should properly name your Word resume. This way, when you upload to Monster.com or any other job board, you already have your relevant keywords weaved into the file name of your resume. Also, don’t forget about popping over to the property settings for your resume as well, and inputting data under the Title (your ideal job title) and Tags (keywords and key phrases relevant to your ideal job title) properties as well.
Now, back to naming your Word file.
Which of the following resume document files is more likely to pique their interest?
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Here are a few sample resume names to choose from:
Spelling Counts Too
The rules of accurate spelling apply to your resume file name every bit as much as it does in the document itself. If you have made a typo in the file name – for example, “SoftwreEnginre” instead of “SoftwareEngineer” – chances are good that your resume will go unexamined, or minimally, be taken less seriously.
A File Name Is a Promise
Don’t be misleading. Your resume name should definitely reflect your qualifications. If you are a Web developer with no experience in CSS, don’t put “CSS” in the file name. It’s that simple. To do otherwise is going to waste some peoples’ time and make them rather miffed.
Focus on Keywords, Ideal Job Title & So On
You may have numerous qualifications that would make you a good candidate for any number of positions – but you don’t have to cram all of these into a single resume name, nor should you.
A better strategy is to create a number of different resumes, each of which focuses on a specific, niche skill set and qualifications. For example, if you are a Web Designer who has also worked as an insurance adjuster, you should create one resume for each, and each one should have a different file name reflecting this.
Following these few simple tips in naming your resume file should make a great deal of difference in the number of responses you receive.
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