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CV File Names

Posted on: 07 Sep 17


Getting the name of your CV file right, could make the difference!

If you’ve ever had to sift through a big bunch of CVs for a job vacancy you will notice that many CVs have the same name.

For you as the candidate, this is a missed opportunity to promote your personal brand.

Simply naming your CV "cv.doc" or "resume2012.pdf" is not very imaginative, and also by the time the recruiter has 15 resumes in the pile, you can almost guarantee that there will be some duplicate file names based on CV which means they'll have 2 files, one of which ends up being called CV(1).doc.

Now technically there's nothing wrong with this, but how is the recruiter supposed to know which is which?. He may now want to pull yours out of the pile, and he doesn't know which one it is! Why make it hard? - the last thing you should be doing is placing obstacles in the way, so here's a few simple thoughts:

Name your file something meaningful like "Jim_Smith_Resume_2017.doc" or "CV_Jim_Smith_01.doc"
Notice the use of underscores rather than spaces. This is a throw-back to old computer file naming days, but why risk potential incompatibilities with tracking systems.
Also while we're at it, how about file format? Doc, RTF, Docx or PDF? Personally I'd always save it in a nice easy PDF version. It’s a format that everyone can open these days.

So there you are, it doesn't take a moment to save your file and give it a name, but when you do, give it a little thought. 

Mike Wood

Last updated on: 07/09/2017 10:33:28

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