5 Professional, Thoughtful and Simple Ways to Get Your Resume Noticed via Email
Hiring Managers view the effort you put into a job application (resume, cover letter, email format and content) to be a direct reflection of the effort you'd put into the job. If you're lazy or skip the details when it comes to sending your resume out for consideration, what other shortcuts would you take if hired?
Here are 5 things to look out for when sending a resume via email for consideration of an open job position.
1. Always attach your resume as a document.
Everyone utilizes technology in a different capacity and at a different pace. Rather than sending a link to your resume, simply attach it as a file. It’s much easier for a hiring manager to go the traditional route to find your resume.
Try this: Instead of including a link to your dropbox account, include a link to your website, blog or online portfolio and showcase your work. Proof of capabilities speaks volumes and is a great way to get noticed.
2. Name your documents appropriately
Sending a resume with a generic title like “Admin (1)” tells the hiring manager a couple of things; you have a few versions of your resume and aren’t ashamed of it, as you shouldn't be. However, it's one of those unspeakables, like when your parents assumed you did something as a kid, but you never officially talked about it. This also means you probably embellished certain parts of it, in this case, the administrative duties. The parenthetical “(1)” could throw people off—not to mention the misspelling of “ad” in the first sentence.
Try this: We encourage candidates to have several versions of their resumes available to send out for specific jobs. For example, if you are an admin who did a lot of office management work in addition to your admin duties, you should have two versions, one highlighting admin-heavy tasks and another highlighting office management tasks, and even a third which incorporates both. Each resume is specific to a job opening. For example, if an employer is looking for an office manager, send the resume which highlights your management experience. Rename your resumes with something simple and generic when you’re sending them out. Last Name, First Name Resume works for us.
3. Include a cover letter…
There’s no body in this email and therefore, it doesn’t merit a signature, let alone a grammatically incorrect one (no capitalization)!
Try this: Include a short paragraph as a semi-cover letter that explains why you want the position in question. Always use a sign-off phrase that’s professional, like, “Sincerely,” or “Regards,” and your full name, properly capitalized, with a phone number where you can be easily reached.
4. …that’s easy to read!
While fun fonts can show personality, readability is the priority. Avoid colored fonts, and proofread! A cover letter is the first point of contact, and it should be perfect.
Try this: Use a basic font like Times New Roman or Helvetica, and a size that’s at least 10pt but no larger than 14pt. Black fonts always look neatest. You can infuse your personality in the actual verbiage of the cover letter; content is more powerful than aesthetics.
5. Don’t state the obvious
Obviously, you’re interested in the Virtual Assistant position, and obviously, because of that fact, you are attaching your resume, and obviously, (you hope) we will review it… Obviously, it was sent by you with five periods, your first name, last name and an emoticon, you know, just for good measure.
There is a lot going on here.
Try this: Why are you interested in the position? What interesting information can a hiring manager learn about your resume (are you certified in anything? Do you have any special skills?) Sign off from your email professionally. Include your first name and last name. Emoticons are for texting, not for trying to get a job.