Oct 30, 2018 - 12:24 PM
It is correct to spell “resume” with or without the accents. Resume can be spelled résumé or resume, or resumé. However, the most common spelling used in job searches and on resumes today is resume (with no accents).
Although all three spellings are acceptable, resume has become more common. Likely, this is because it is easier to type the word out simply than it is to look for and include the special characters and accents.
The one risk of using resume without the accents is that it may be confused with the word “resume,” which means to return to or begin again after an interruption. For example, you may resume watching television after a short break. Or, you may write a resume in order to apply for a job.
Although they’re spelled the same way, these two words sound differently and have different meanings. As stated earlier though, it is most common to use the word resume without the special accents. Most frequently, you will use the word resume when you are naming your resume file. It is typically ‘first name – last name – resume.doc” or “first name – last name – resume.pdf.” You may also use the word resume inside of a cover letter or in an email when you reference your attached resume.
Aug 14, 2018 - 12:59 AM
All three options work for just about any job you're applying for, but certain dictionaries rank these in order of commonality. Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary places "résumé" and "resume" on equal footing with "resumé" listed as less common. However, The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language gives all three the same ranking.
If you decide to use the accents, here's how. On a Mac, press "e" while holding the option key. Remove your finger form the option key and press "e" again. On other computers, hold down "Ctrl" and the apostrophe key, then type "e" like normal. If you know how to use ASCII code, then use 130 to make "é." If you find the choice difficult, you can also use "curriculum vitae."