According to this, a PhD is a handicap in the job market, so you should actually try to hide it as much as possible.
Why would you add your degree to the filename? The only reason I can think of, is because you fear a recruiter will not open your CV.
In practice, a recruiter choosing to not even look at your resume is rare. They will do so only because of huge red flags in your first communication: your cover letter.
If you want to maximize your chances of people reading your CV:
- Polish your cover letter. Show you did the work: know the company and the type of person they are looking for.
- Ensure a good, professional From: email address (not your university address, not your teenage hotmail address)
- Ensure a good, professional email signature
- Polish your CV, so it looks inviting
So to answer your question: Do not add your degree and university to the filename of your CV.
The only reason to mess with the filename of your CV:
- If you have multiple versions in different languages
- If you have a business version (short, 2 pages max) and an academic version (listing all your publications)
Edit: Revisiting this answer after 1 year in an R&D position: The answer to this question depends on the culture. In the US and UK, it is custom to add titles (PhD, Msc, ...) to your name; it makes sense to also include it in the filename of your CV as well.
In Belgium (Europe), this can sometimes be seen as boasting. However, some government institutions require employees to add titles to their e-mail address (e.g.
[email protected]), so it would make sense to also add it in your CV.