Dropping or mailing resumes is quickly going by the way of the dinosaur, as more and more employers look to email as a convenient way to receive resumes.
Many of the career websites only accept resumes electronically, and many companies accept resumes through email on their websites. There are tons of great jobs that can be found from the comfort of home. So if you don’t know how to effectively send a resume by email you’ll want to read this article.
Steps to Submitting Your Resume Via Email
Here is a step-by-step guide on how to send a resume by email. Are you ready?
- Create your resume in Microsoft Word then save it as a word document.
- Edit your resume, fine-tune it, edit some more, and then have someone else have a look at it and do the final edit.
- Once it’s done you are ready to print it out so you have a copy for your records. You can also catch any formatting issues that occur and then fix them. Because even though you are emailing your resume, it’s likely still going to be printed.
- Save a copy of your resume on your hard-drive and on a jump drive.
- If you don’t already know where you’ll be sending your resume –great. Skip to Step 7
- If not it’s time to research various companies to see if there’s someplace that interests you.
- Go to the company websites and click on the “Careers” or “Work for Us” link.
- Create a blank email.
- Send emails individually to the appropriate department email address.
- Your cover letter should be written in the body of the email.
- Don’t forget your subject – it should list the name of the job you are applying for.
- Attach your resume. Different email packages show the attachment button differently. Often it’s in form of a paper clip.
- You will then browse for your resume file. You will access the drive you stored your resume on. You saved it as a .doc or .docx file. Follow the computer prompts to upload the file.
- Once again read your cover letter to make sure there are no typos or grammatical errors.
- Confirm the attachment.
- Add your signature, which should also have your contact information.
- Send the email.
- Wait about a week and then follow up with a phone call (or follow up with a new Email)
The Importance of Keywords
The last thing anyone might be thinking about is keywords.
But the fact of the matter is that many companies are using software to scan emailed resumes for keywords relevant to the position. Resumes are often stored in a resume database.
Read –Resume: Keywords for Resumes – Keywords List
What are Keywords?
Keywords are specific words or phrases.
When it comes to employers keywords are determined based on the position they are hiring for. They can be used to search huge databases of resumes for those that have the relevant keywords in them. For example, if a company were hiring an “accountant” they would search for resumes with those two keywords. They are able to pull only relevant resumes. But you could fine-tune it even more by setting a keyword such as payroll or taxation.
When doing your resume, remember the importance of these keywords.
See also: Resume: Key Words and Phrases to Use in a Resume
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