Before the Internet became commonly used, applying for jobs meant printing out resumes and pounding he pavement. Today you can fire off resumes with relative ease, allowing you to apply for more jobs with less effort. But don't let this ease make you thoughtless. Take the time to email your resume properly in order to ensure it gets read.
Make Sure it Can Be Read
Your resume won't help you out at all if the recipient can't read it. Make sure that your resume is in an easily read format. Marc Cenedella of "The Ladders" recommends saving your resume in either Microsoft Word or PDF format. Before sending the file, open it for yourself to test that it works. Alternatively you can also paste the resume into the body of your email.
Naming Your File
Don't save the file as "resume.doc" or "myCV.pdf." These may be helpful names for you, but they tell the employer nothing. Choose a file name that will make sense for the recipient. A good format is to use your first name, last name and "resume." So Jane Doe would title her resume something like "JaneDoeResume.doc."
Include a Message
Don't just send off your resume without any context. The employer may not immediately recognize what your email is about or what position you are applying for. Write a brief email explaining what job you are applying for and that your resume is attached. This will help get the attention of the recipient and increase the chances of your email being read.
Who to Send It To
Whenever possible, send your resume to an individual's email address, not a general email address like "email@example.com." If you are responding to a job ad send the email to the address specified, but if not, try to find a personal address. Look to the company's website to see if it specifies who is in charge of hiring. You can also try calling the office of the company and asking who to email your resume to.
- John Foxx/Stockbyte/Getty Images
- How to Send an E-mail to Apply for a Job
- Follow-Up Letter After Not Being Offered a Job
- How to Respond to a Job Ad by Email
- What If I Don't Know Who to Send a Cover Letter To?
- What Is a Resume Label?
- Calling to Inquire About a Job
- How Can an Employee Find Out if a Former Boss Gives a Bad Reference?
- How to Attach a Resume to an Online Job Application