Now that I have a much stronger idea of what metadata is, thanks to a mixture of personal research and class readings, I’ve started thinking about new ways to add it to files on my computer. During an information interview I attended a few weeks ago, one of the librarians mentioned that she adds metadata to her résumés. I thought it sounded like an idea worth exploring, so I figured out how to take a look at the metadata on my current résumé and improve it.
Here is the metadata on my résumé before editing:
Looking a little blank, isn’t it? Also, why is my mom’s name on there? The answer to that question is that I created my first résumé on her computer many years ago and—apparently—every incarnation since then has been based on that original document. However, I really don’t want to keep her name on there, for security reasons and because it makes it seem like I am not the author of my own résumé. Some of my other documents didn’t list me as the author at all, instead I found lots of blank metadata fields or names from other peoples computers that I had used for editing over the years.
Here is the metadata after the overhaul:
Realistically, no one may every see this. Still, when I’m applying for a job I’ll rest easier knowing that I’ve crossed every t and added extra oomph in my metadata.
I’m certainly not an expert at metadata yet, but I’m excited to learn more about what the standards are for dealing with this issue when sharing documents. There seem to be a lot more guides on the web for removing metadata than adding them.
Here’s a quick video on finding and editing your metadata on word documents:
I hope I’ve inspired some of you to take a look at the metadata on your own documents. If anyone else has tips for résumé metadata, leave a comment.