Stop googling “find my resume”. Check these places instead when you can't find your resume files.
Job seekers often go a few years between job searches.
Many will try to forget the misery and frustration they went through, praying it will never happen again and pushing it deeper and deeper into the back of their minds.
But what happens when you do need your resume again? You might not remember where you saved it.
You could try to rebuild it, but that will usually take more work than updating your most recent version, wherever it is.
So let's find it.
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The most likely places you left your resume
1) Email Sent folder
There's an overwhelming chance that you've emailed your resume in the past, so why not just search in the Sent folder of your email account for those messages with resumes attached?
2) Your favorite cloud storage service
I've been using Dropbox for years.
I have some important directories on my PC that automatically synch with Dropbox folders so those files are always backed up in case my hard drive crashes.
Dropbox will also hang on to deleted files for 30 days (in the free version).
As long as my resume files are in one of those Dropbox folders, I have nothing to worry about.
Another cloud storage that I've started using more recently is Mega.
3) Your favorite online documents platform
When I had a herniated disc in my back, I was able to blog about it while lying down using Google Voice Typing in a Google Doc.
Another benefit of using a Google Doc was that my work was continuously saved in my Google Drive account, so I couldn't lose it.
If you've written your resume in a Google Doc too, you'll find it again in just a few clicks.
4) Your favorite job board
Did you ever upload your resume to a job board? Just download it again:
- Log into your Indeed account.
- Click on Download Resume to save your resume as a PDF.
Find my resume on Careerbuilder.com:
- Log into your Careerbuilder My Profile page
- Click the Documents tab to see all your resumes and download from there
Find my resume on Monster.com:
- Log into your Monster profile page
- Click Generate Resume for a PDF version, or scroll down to the Uploaded Document section to get what you've uploaded in the past
Find my resume on Ziprecruiter.com:
- Log into your Ziprecruiter account
- Click the Profile link in the menu at the top of the screen
- Ziprecruiter only allows you to have one resume at a time. On your Profile page, scroll to the bottom to see which resume is in your account and click the filename to download it
Find my resume on LinkedIn.com:
- Log into LinkedIn
- Click to your Profile by clicking your name in the sidebar (under your avatar image)
- Click the More… button, and then Build a resume from the menu
- The Select a resume window will open with a list of any resumes you've uploaded in the past. To download one, click it.
- From the resume's page, click More > Download as PDF
Another option: if you've applied for a job on LinkedIn, you can view the resume you applied with.
5) Find my resume on Google
Not sure where or if you've ever posted your resume online? Just Google it, or google “[your name] + resume (or CV)” and it should come up. It's always a good idea to google your name at the beginning of a job search anyway.
6) Your favorite resume builder
There are many good reasons to use a resume builder, and if you did in the past, then you haven't actually lost your resume at all. Simply login to the site and start updating your resume for your new job search.
7) Search for it better on your computer
Searching for files on a Windows PC, even in 2021, is a joke. Windows Search just doesn't.
Instead, download and install voidtools' Everything freeware, a very powerful and very fast file search. You'll wonder how you ever got along without it.
Mac users, try DEVONtechnologies EasyFind.
8) Check auto-save folders
If you use Microsoft Word and have the auto-save (called “document recovery”) feature enabled, Word will regularly save versions of everything you work on in a dedicated folder. You may able to find resume versions in there.
9) Your favorite backup software
10) Your favorite versioning software
Subversion, CSS and VSS are all examples of software that developers use to manage different versions of their code. While not ideal for it, they can still be useful in managing different versions of a resume.
I used Subversion for this purpose years ago on my last tech job search (not that it matters what kind of job I was looking for) and if I ever wanted to recover that CV, it's safely stored there.
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