Needless to say, in my technical resume writing service, I see a LOT of resumes - as I did when I was recruiting. I've discussed a number of major issues to help build powerful, targeted technical resumes in previous blogs, and I'll continue to in the future. But today, I'm going to mention something that may seem minor - but can make a significant difference in ensuring that your resume is easily found by a hiring authority.
Be certain to title your resume file clearly!
As I mentioned, this may seem pretty minor - but how you title your resume file can make it easier - or harder - for the hiring authority to find your resume.
Consider this - a busy hiring authority can see hundreds of resumes for any open position. Of course, a minority of those are a good fit, and merit a call or email for more information, or to set up an interview.
But if your resume has a vague title - say, "myresume.docx," or a completely idiosyncratic file name like "112311.docx" the odds of being found on a second pass diminish.
I'm not going to say that, if you're the absolute, best-fit candidate, the internal HR professional or external recruiter won't make the effort to find the resume he (or she) has found previously.
But why make finding your resume difficult?
My preferred format - and this is just one idea of many - is simple. "Resume-Smith, John.docx" and CoverLetter-Smith, John.docx." In my own business, I have some additional processes to keep track of versions, revisions, and whether the resume has changes tracked or accepted - in technical resume writing, as in so many other areas of life, process makes things much easier.
You may want to add in a bit more detail as well - depending on the jobs you're looking at. "CIOResume-Smith, John.docx" or ITManagerResume-Smith, John.docx." Just be certain that the title doesn't get so long or detailed that your name won't show up on a quick search.