You have finally finished your resume and cover letter. After hours of preparation you are ready to send it off to the hiring manager. Before you rush to send it out, use a simple checklist to make sure it arrives.
1 – Use the correct zip code. Remember the dead letter office? It’s still alive and well – a destination your resume is sure to land if you do not verify the zip code. A quick Internet search or 411 call will ensure that the correct information is on the envelope.
2 – Do you need to fax a copy of your resume? Most fax machines will print off a fax transmittal sheet which indicates if the transmission was successful. If possible, wait for the sheet to print. You should also follow up on all faxes by calling the recipient.
3 – Double and triple check e-mail addresses. Yes, it is possible for e-mail addresses to contain typos. Your resume can end up being e-mailed to the wrong person or a completely non-existing black hole. With a fax or e-mail, call the recipient to confirm receipt. This will give them the opportunity to check and get back to you, if they so desire.
4 – Check your e-mail for confirmation of receipt. If you are applying for a position on-line, check your e-mail in-box after you hit the submit button. Most job applications will send a generic receipt confirmation to your in-box. Depending on your computer’s security level, these confirmations can also end up in your spam folder. You may be able to call the company and reach a sympathetic Human Resources professional who will verify your application was received. Don’t make a pest of yourself, however, by keeping them on the line asking about your chances against the other applicants.
There are enough issues with resumes falling into black holes. Don't let an error on your part compound the situation. A simple check of the delivery information and receipt will help to ensure you've done everything to get your resume where it needs to go.
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