Important Tips for Job Seekers: Submitting Your Resume Via Email

In Uncategorized on May 24, 2011 at 8:26 pm

In today’s technological age, more and more jobs are posted on the internet. It is becoming commonplace for applicants to submit their resumes using email instead of printing and sending out hard copies. This new approach to the job application process presents individuals who are conducting a job search with a whole new set of dos and don’ts to be aware of.

The following tips are intended to guide job-seekers through the most important elements of submitting a resume over the internet.

1. Name your resume file with your full name. The last thing you want is for your resume to be saved along with hundreds of others named RESUME. And you also don’t want your resume to be confused with someone else who has the same initials, first name or last name. The safest thing to do is to save your resume with your full name and the word resume in order to ensure that a potential employer can easily identify and print the correct resume to share or view in more detail.

2. Include a professional email address on your resume. You want to make certain that you have a professional email address from which you submit resumes and under which you receive responses. This means that if your current email account has been personalized with a unique name such as, you need to set up a new account with yahoo or gmail under your full name. If your name is taken, then try adding your middle name or initial to personalize it in a professional manner.

3. Send your resume as an attachment unless specifically told to do otherwise. Most of the time employers will want to save resumes for future reference. You do not simply want to cut and paste your resume as a response. For one, thing, you are likely to lose the formatting that enabled you to fit your resume onto one or two pages.

4. Always send your resume with an email cover letter. Most employers find themselves overwhelmed by the response to a job opening. The first stage for them is a basic weed-out process. Sending a blank response with an attached resume or simply cutting and pasting in your resume with no accompanying note is an easy way to turn them off and cause them to simply move on to the next submission.

5. Follow up a week or so later if you have not heard back. Checking in after a reasonable amount of time indicates your ability to follow up as well as your sincere interest. It also gives you a second chance to get noticed in case your resume somehow slipped through the cracks. Your follow-up letter should be similar to your brief cover letter, focusing on the job you are applying for, why you are a great candidate and indicating your interest and enthusiasm.

Remember that in today’s competitive job market, you can never do too much to try and stand out from the other job applicants. It is often the smallest details that will make the difference in landing you that all-important job interview!