Resume E-Mailing Tips
We recently received an email, from a person who was applying for work, that was addressed to Bryant Staffing and two other staffing firms with a resume attached. The email was a continuation of a dialog consisting of several emails between the sender and the person who was editing the resume. Since this is not the first time we have received an email like this, we thought it might be helpful to give some pointers regarding the proper way to either submit a resume or respond to a job posting.
If you are submitting a resume for consideration (not in response to a posting) you should give specific information such as current employment status, desired geographic location, desired position, willingness to accept a temp-to-hire position, preferred means of communication and, if you are comfortable, preferred salary range and whether or not this is negotiable.
As a staffing company or hiring manager, it is preferable to receive an email sent directly to one individual or company rather than a generic email sent to multiple parties at the same time.
If you are responding to a job posting, make sure you possess the required skills, can work the required hours and will accept the salary posted (if given).
Make sure your contact information is up-to-date and use a “professional” email address i.e. “j.smith02@___.com”. This makes a better impression than some of the more “personalized” email addresses we have seen.
Depending on the software the company uses, it is usually easier to open resumes that are in Word format and do not contain different colored fonts and graphics.
There is also a good article on Email Etiquette, by Steve Adubato, in the July 19, 2010 edition of NJBIZ, www.njbiz.com.
One last thing…Please read the email for misspellings or poor grammar before pressing SEND.