How to Deliver Your Cover Letter and Resume

How to Deliver Your Cover Letter and ResumeLearning how to submit your resume and cover letter in a variety of formats will help build your personal brand on a professional level.

When submitting your cover letter and resume, each method requires specific considerations. Here are some ways to submit your applications like a pro:

Emailing Resumes

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.

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Alan Carniol

Alan is the creator of Interview Success Formula, a training program that has helped more than 80,000 job seekers to ace their interviews and land the jobs they deserve. Interviewers love asking curveball questions to weed out job seekers. But the truth is, most of these questions are asking about a few key areas. Learn more about how to outsmart tough interviewers by watching this video.