Don’t Forget to Ctrl + S

By, 05/02/2014

After hours of writing, formatting and scrutinizing your resume and/or cover letter, the unthinkable happens: your computer crashes! Once you pick your jaw up off the floor and the horrible knot in your stomach begins to unwind, you frantically check to see if your work is (at least partially) intact, all the while wondering why you didn’t save it in the first place. It’s a lesson we’ve all unfortunately experienced at some point.

The good news is that technology has been evolving to help negate this huge inconvenience. Gone are the days of an accidental ink spillage ruining your one parchment. From cheap and accessible hardware like flash drives to free “cloud” computing storage services, you have multiple places to store your work in perpetuity. Some word processors even automatically save your work after certain time intervals. That said, not much can beat a regular regimen of “Ctrl + s”—or whatever your hotkey for save is—to avert a potential disaster, even if it’s just for your own peace of mind.