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How to Send a Resume

Making a good first impression is the key to landing any job, and that starts with your resume. Learn how to properly send it out and land that job.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Send a cover letter Send a cover letter with the resume. Be sure to tailor both the resume and cover letter to each specific job you're applying for.
  • Step 2: Find a contact Find the name of a specific person at the company who you can address your resume to. This will ensure that it ends up on their desk or in their inbox rather floating around the office.
  • Step 3: Inquire about a method If it's not clear from the job ad, inquire with the company about which method of sending they prefer -- e-mail, fax, or mail.
  • Step 4: Send in various formats Send the resume as a PDF attachment. There are many different word processors and not all are compatible with each format. The job posting might note which format is preferred.
  • TIP: Try copying and pasting your resume into the body of the e-mail if you don't know which format to go with.
  • Step 5: Follow up Follow up on the resume with a phone call or e-mail after about a week if you haven't heard anything. Good luck!
  • FACT: The United States Postal Service's first Postmaster General was Benjamin Franklin, who was appointed in 1775.

You Will Need

  • Resume and cover letter
  • Recipient's contact information
  • Several formats of your resume
  • Follow-up inquiry

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