5 Steps for Submitting Your Resume and Cover Letter
Aug 6, 2011 Career Development 2957 Views
Many job seekers spend a lot of money on futile distribution of resumes and cover letters, especially when they do it by mail or by walk-in. Luckily there are several, more effective ways to make resume submissions for your job hunting endeavors. Here’s how.
- Submit your resume through email, but make sure that you set it in HTML type and not in plain text. Also, avoid converting it into PDF format unless the company or companies are asking for a PDF file. Make sure that all your spelling and grammar are correct.
It is a big no-no to use ordinary email stationery, and remember to use a white background with no graphics or colors whatsoever. You also need to email every employer separately because most employers use anti-spam software that is set up to instantly recognize bulk mail as spam.
- Send your cover letter inclusive of your contact information and other pertinent details about you in the body of your e-mail and make your resume the attached document. Make sure that your cover letter is directly addressed to the correct recipient. Also remember to fully include the subject of your email. You can state it like: RESUME (Your full name and the position you are applying for).
- While you are sending an email of your resume to potential employers, send them a hard copy through postal mail as well. This will serve as a supporting document to what you’ve sent them via the internet. This also shows professionalism on your part which can help enhance your professional branding.
You can print your letter using a laser printer and should also use 24-lb. white paper with at least 90 lumens rating. Avoid using typical resume paper unless you are planning to submit the resume and cover letter in person.
- Make sure to send a follow-up email that includes in your subject header, “Follow up to resume of (insert your name)”. Make sure that you indicate properly in the body of the email the reason why you are following up your application and let them know that you are willing to set up an interview at their own convenience. Always remember to state the position you are applying for.
- While you are searching for other job opportunities, it is also recommended that you send them an updated resume at least one month later because most companies will clean up their records of resumes regularly. This will make sure that you get an adequate chance of your application getting noticed eventually, and this in turn will also increase your employability rate.
Utilizing the best methods for sending resumes and cover letters can guarantee you a higher employability rate and prioritization from potential employers. This will also help you to avoid spending too much time and money on sending resumes through less effective means.