Let’s discuss some strategies for submitting your resume and cover letter. Many job seekers spend a lot of time on the futile distribution of resumes and cover letters, especially when they don’t know exactly what type of position they wish to secure.
This means if your resume and cover letter are not targeted to the position you are applying for, the odds of it being selected with me minimal.
Luckily, there are several effective ways to make resume submissions for your job hunting endeavors. Here’s how.
1. Submit your resume through email, but make sure you set it in HTML type or plain text format. Also, avoid converting it into PDF format unless the company or companies ask 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. Email every employer separately; most employers use anti-spam software that is set up to recognize bulk mail as spam instantly.
2. 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.
Ensure your cover letter is directly addressed to the correct recipient. Include a professionally written subject of your email. You can state it like Resume – (Your full name and the position you are applying for).
3. 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 a 90 lumens rating. Avoid using a typical resume paper unless you plan to submit the resume and cover letter in person.
4. Send a follow-up email
that includes in your subject header, “Follow up to resume of (insert your name).” Properly indicate in the email’s body why you are following up on your application, and you hope to set up an interview at their own convenience. Always remember to state the position you are applying for.
5. While searching for job opportunities, I recommend you send them an updated resume at least one month later because most companies will regularly clean up their records of resumes.
This step will give you a chance for your application to get noticed increase your employability chances.
Using the most effective methods for sending resumes and cover letters can guarantee you a higher employability rate and prioritization from potential employers. This will also help you avoid spending too much time and money on sending resumes through less effective means.
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