Besides the great comic, this blog post covers all of the major errors resume reviewers and hiring managers see with resume file names.
Everything about you must be consistent throughout your job search. Not just the contact information at the top of your resume and cover letters but also your appearance and demeanor. Do not ruin all of your hard work by ignoring what your potential boss may see first, right after your perfectly professional email address. What do you do when you receive an email? Open the attachments, sometimes before you even read the body of the email. If the name of the attachment doesn’t make sense, or is confusing in any way, you might skip it. That is especially true if you are searching for one person and have about 100+ emails with the subject, “Job Application” in your in-box
Please read this post and keep it with you when you email your resume. Create a naming system that works for you.
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Resumes are digital now. That’s good for everybody–easy to share, easy to search, easy to save, easy on the trees. It’s all good. But in an attempt for job seekers to keep their resume files organized, people are forgetting that other people read not only the content, but the file name you give your sweet little piece of literary masterwork*. Be warned. Some resumes may get a bad-rap from the beginning because of a slip-up in the file name.
My recommendation is a file name that actually sells you a little bit. For example, if you’re going for a project manager position and your name is Joe Cool, try out a file name like: “Resume–Joe_Cool–Talented_Project_Manager.pdf” and just see if you don’t get more bites on that little nugget of visual eye-candy of a hook!
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