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Old 01-25-06, 08:39 AM   #1
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How do you submit your resume/cover to companies?

Do you actually mail it in or email it? If email, do you include it in the text of the message, or in a word attachment? is there some kind a standard?
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Most companies go through services and websites like Monster.com or Dice.com nowadays. Or...they have their own "submission" system on their website to submit them electronically.
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I usually fax with a cover letter.
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I usually ask the HR person what they prefer before sending anything.

[edit: But then again, I've been at this freakin' job for 7 long years and only submitted my resume twice ]
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Do you actually mail it in or email it? If email, do you include it in the text of the message, or in a word attachment? is there some kind a standard?
if i were to email, i would have the cover letter text in the body of the email and the resume attached. In the body of the email, just make reference to your attached resume.

but, yeah, maybe a quick call to the HR department just to see what they prefer is a good idea.
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Old 01-25-06, 03:17 PM   #6
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Oh for the days when a simple resume would do--now I have to do curriculum vitaes (lengthy academic resumes). If the company is local, hand deliver it. If it's out of town, mail it via snail mail. E-mailed resumes come in like crazy (just like customer complaints) and one that is on paper catches attention (just like customer complaints). You need to show them that you really want to work for them and that they aren't just an option among myriads. Whatever you do, don't use industry recruiters--they'll submit yours along with about 400 others. I'd also include a clear and concise cover letter.
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My resume is done in Word with the use of tables and bullet points, using only one font-type so it's clean and not busy-looking.
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My resume is done in Word with the use of tables and bullet points, using only one font-type so it's clean and not busy-looking.
No color font or emoticons (like beer chug or lol)
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I second what sunninho said......
Definately call HR first ! Some specifically want an attachment
and are concise in how they want it and some want it cheepo style
cut and pasted in an email body. Others, (Educational) wont
accept anything but hard copy.
Contrary to what others have said, Ive never had any luck with
national job search sites like monster.com. Local is waaay better.
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I usually submit it as a PDF attachment. My current boss even forwarded it to a friend of hers who was looking for a job to show her what a resume should look like.

I got my previous job through monster.com. My then-boss told me that mine was one of about 500 resumes that were emailed to him. Of those, mine was the only one with the appropriate skills and experience to do the job. He'd already hired someone for the position, but I was better qualified, so he hired me and informed the other guy he didn't need him after all. 15 months later he fired me for no reason just so he could hire a friend of his.

Another tip for resume submission:

If you're submitting it via hard copy, print it on a nice quality, smooth finish, white paper. Quite a few companies are now scanning them into information retrieval systems. Using a colored paper, and sometimes even a textured paper, messes with the scan, making it difficult to read.

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Do it how they ask you to do it. Some companies ask for it in word as an attachment. Other companies won't open attachments and want you to copy and paste it all into an email. Still other companies have their own online applications where you can upload your resume and/or fill out their forms and include your resume. And some want a fax.

I have not had a company ask me to mail in a resume to them since the 90's.

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Get their general phone number, call and ask for Human resources. Ask how they prefer to recieve resumes. Also ask how they distribute their list of job openings to solicit applicants so you can apply for a specific position if possible.
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Thats a good idea about calling the HR dept's, I should have thought about that.

Unless they have a form to fill out (applied for a job with the CIA, that was a hassle), I've been sending the cover letter in the text in the email, with a note at the bottem saying my resume is attached in Word format and also in the text below.
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