As a job seeker, I’ve attached a couple hundred resume/cover letter duos to emails before sending them off to be lost in the sea of applications. After speaking to a number of friends about their take on something as simple as emailing a resume, I’ve learned that there are a lot of areas for variation in sending your resume.
For example, Which document format do you use?
I had always sent my resume attached as a standard .doc file until one day I learned that a potential employer couldn’t open the file. I immediately switched to .pdf files. PDF files are easy to open and ensure that your resume formatting remains consistent.
Should your email contain your Cover Letter?
I’ve been asked a couple times whether I paste my cover letter into the email that my resume is attached to. I know that some people swear by this method, but I’ve always kept my cover letter separate to avoid information over-load. I typically email my resume and cover letter as a single attachment and write a short email of introduction.
What do you say in the email?
I write a very brief introduction to myself, a statement of interest/intent, and I always refer the reader to my attached cover letter and resume.
**However, I found this post on Businessweek that suggests that instead of attaching a cover letter to your email, a brief email cover letter would suffice.
So, as always, it comes down to personal preference.
How do you send your email resume/cover letter? There are likely endless possibilities for this seemingly basic task!