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I review a lot of resumes, and they often land in my mailbox with the exact same titles: resume.doc or resume.pdf.  Can you say boring?  Try these alternatives to stand out as an interesting candidate:

1.  Your Name Resume.doc—This minimum level of personalization ensures that your resume will remain attached to your application.
2.  Your Name Resume December 2010.doc—While this is also fairly generic, it suggests that your resume is constantly changing, requiring you to date each updated version.
3.  Your Name, Job Title.doc—This title utilizes the power of suggestion to show the employer how nicely your name and the job title go together.  For instance, “Jane Doe, Financial Project Manager”.
4.  Your Name, Humorous Statement.doc—Don’t try this at home unless you work in a field where creativity is the name of the game.  For example, “Joe Smith, Nebraska Hula Hoop Champion 2002”.
5.  Your Name, Branding Statement.doc—Using a branded resume title is a powerful way to scream “read me!”  For example, “John Grisham, Bestselling Crime Novelist”, or “Tiger Woods, Global Golf Champion”.

Remember, the hiring managers reading your resumes receive hundreds of applications for every position they post.  Something as simple as a catchy document title can catch a hiring manager’s eye and leave them wanting to know more!

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Jessica Hernandez, President, CEO & Founder of Great Resumes Fast

Hi, I’m Jessica. I started this company back in 2008 after more than a decade directing hiring practices at Fortune 500 companies.

What started as a side hustle (before that was even a word!) helping friends of friends with their resumes has now grown into a company that serves hundreds of happy clients a year. But the personal touch? I’ve kept that.

You might have seen me featured as a resume expert in publications like Forbes, Fast Company, and Fortune. And in 2020, I was honored to be named as a LinkedIn Top Voice of the year!

I’m so glad you’re here, and I can’t wait to help you find your next perfect-fit position!


  1. Ed Han on December 30, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    Jessica, as always, you take a subject I think I know and take it to a new & very cool place. I see I have some retitling to do1

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