So after the tedious process of drafting and finalizing your resume, what comes next? Of course it’s time to get your application moving by submitting it to your prospective employers. However, before sending that application, it is important to make sure that you’re sending it properly and professionally.
One of the most common medium of resume submission nowadays is via email. However, this is also one of the most neglected forms of job application. Many applicants are failing to consider the relevance of a good email address and the use of its subject lines.
Here are some tips on how you can ensure that your job application through email submission is okay:
For one, it is crucial that your email address includes your name. Apart from giving your email submission an identity, it will also help in making your application more memorable. Further, using other informal names such as “email@example.com” can unconsciously be considered as spam by your target recipient.
Take as an example the use of your personal affinities for your email. Having your pet’s name for an email address like “firstname.lastname@example.org” would not pull off that easily. Your prospective employer might even think of it as a joke (Like, “did a kitty just sent his resume to me?”).
Further, using family names (email@example.com) as well as monikers (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com) can be used for establishing connections with family and friends, but definitely not on your job application.
Make sure to identify the purpose of your inquiry in your subject line. This will help get your email more targeted and prevent software from screening it off as spam.
File names and other attachments
When sending attachments, it is important that these files are properly named and attached according to the specified sequence on the mail body. For resumes, don’t just go by “my resume.doc” or even a “resume_updated.doc.” This will easily get lost in a large database of application resumes.
As such, it is best to use your name as file name for your document. It will also help hiring managers to easily identify your resume from a group of files submitted.
Remember that every application must be strategic and organize to achieve the best results. Knowing how to present yourself and your abilities cannot only get you the job that you want, but also help in boosting your professional image.
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