When I start with a new resume client, I use a new document and write from scratch. I know some professional resume writers will use the old document but then I find that I am stuck with hidden formatting code and strategies that get in the way of my design and can even have a more undesirable effect of creating bloat in the document and enlarging the document file size.
However, when I am doing an update for one of my own clients, I don’t always follow this process. If I just insert new positions, education, and new resume strategies, I can save time by using my own old file. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always create the same file size as if I had started with a new blank document. It can create the same file bloat as using someone else’s old file and make it difficult for clients to upload on job applications or Applicant Tracking Systems.
For job seekers who don’t live on computers, this problem can cause panic!
How to get your resume back to the right size to upload
I have learned that there is an easy fix to get the file size back to normal.
- In the old document, select all (Control A)
- Copy all (Control C)
- Open a new document.
- Paste all (Control V)
When you check the file size, you will find that the file that could have previously morphed to 2,000+K is now a manageable 40K and will upload just fine again.