Can't find your resume? Googling “lost my CV”? Don't panic! There's a good chance you still have it somewhere.
Who has never lost an important file?
Sure, we all get careless at times, or maybe you were in a rush.
Sometimes it's not your fault, just a laptop coughing up its last megabyte.
Or maybe it's simply because you haven't looked for a job in years and now that you need your resume, you don't remember where you put it.
Whatever the reason, many people have to deal with this problem at some point.
Here are the first places to look.
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Now where did that resume go? Places to check
1) Deleted items folders
I used to delete files by accident all the time, which is why software from companies like Microsoft and Apple automatically save your deleted files in a Recycle Bin (Windows) or a Trash Bin (Mac) from which you can quickly restore them and then breathe a sigh of relief.
Some programs such as Microsoft Word have their own auto-save feature built-in, but it's not always enabled by default.
2) Dead computer or hard drive crash
This happens A LOT:
Hopefully you had backups…
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3) Lost flash drive
Some people like to keep their CVs on a flash drive they can easily bring to job interviews. Easy to carry, easy to lose. Retrace your steps if this happens to you.
4) On your old computer or last smartphone
It can be surprisingly tricky to copy everything from one device to another. Go back and check again, or get a techie friend to help you.
5) On your sparkling new computer or smartphone
What can also happen is that you manage to copy everything from one device to another but not in the places you expect. Can you still check the old device?
6) Lumped together with other files and documents
7) You may still have it, but you don't remember the exact filename
Here are some resume filename examples that may jog your memory.
8) You may still have it, but in an old file format that you don't know how to use anymore
Do you remember WordPerfect?
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Question of the article
Have you ever lost your resume? Did you find it or rewrite it? Tell us in the comments.