When submitting your cover letter and resume, each method requires specific considerations. Here are some ways to submit your applications like a pro:
When using this option, don’t forget to include your cover letter and resume in the body of the email. Some companies don’t open attachments for fear of viruses and malware, and some files may not be viewable on their end due to compatibility issues. If the job posting states that you need to attach your documents via email, do so, and always include a plain text version in the body of the email as a backup.
If you plan to attach files, it’s usually safe to send a PDF or Word file. If a specific format is mentioned, send the file in that format.
Online Resume Databases
When using this method, make sure you enter your information step-by-step. Copy or paste your resume using ASCII to ensure that your resume is in a plain text, acceptable format. Don’t forget to review your resume several times before the final submission to catch any errors or potential formatting problems.
How to Use Keywords
Don’t confuse keywords with action verbs. Keywords are nouns and short phrases that describe your experience, education and other important information that are relevant to your industry. Familiarize yourself with the buzzwords of your chosen field of expertise and incorporate them into your resume.
Use keywords from your most recent positions and experience rather than in your older work history. Avoid repetition by using synonyms, and use keywords sparingly for the computer screening stage (you want to make it past that first gate).
You can use job listings as your source for keywords, nouns and adjectives. You can also look for other relevant keywords online. Be sure to be truthful. And don’t add random keywords that don’t fit your current situation.
Hard Copy Resumes
Always have copies of your resume with you. They can be used for networking, job fairs, for submission to recruiters, and more. Treat your documents with care and use quality paper. If you’re mailing your resume, be sure to slip it in a full-size envelope (rather than trying to stuff it into a small one).
Don’t send resumes in whimsical or “creative” packaging. Sending a resume with chocolates or other gimmicks will put you out of the running.