One of the easiest blunders to commit when applying for a job happens while emailing a resume, as simple as it does actually seem.
Its relative simplicity and ability to get looked down upon is why it’s one of the costliest mistakes you can make while sending your resume to an employer.
How to Email a Resume to An Employer
Every job listing today does come with instructions and the employers expect you to follow all the instructions to the letter.
In fact, some hold the belief that the recruiters start judging your personality and resume based on your ability to keep to all the instructions included in the job listing.
Therefore, no matter how excited you are to be sending out your resume, patiently watch out for the instructions and follow them to the letter. You should also be very mindful of what to say while emailing your resume.
A lot of people practically accompany their resume submission with totally wrong information and as a consequence, their resume does not get opened at all and gets dumped in the trash.
Like every other random email you send daily, you should have an email resume subject as it’ll increase your chances of being read by over fifty percent according to a recent study.
Your email subject should be appropriate for the occasion and should look something like this: “Proficient Content Writer seeks a Content Executive position.”
A title such as this: “Content Writing resume for application” on the other hand looks like something cooked up by an unserious fellow, sounds generic and therefore the recruiter will most definitely not open the email not to talk of looking at it twice.
Tips for Emailing a Resume
- Use of an appropriate email subject.
- Address the recruiter by his first name (it gives a human touch to it).
- Tell the recruiter who you are and the reason you’re contacting them.
- Relay how much value you’d be bringing to the company.
- End your email body with how eager you are to meet in person.
- Add your contact details, apart from the email address of course.
- Attach your Resume and Cover Letter saved in a PDF format to the email.
Email Body for Sending a Resume
We’re going to be very practical with this, as I’m definitely going to show you a sample email for a job application with resume. But before that, let’s take a look at the perfect email body for sending a resume.
The perfect email body for sending resume is a well-structured sneak peek of your entire job application.
While reading through it, the recruiter should be impressed and left hungry for more thereby leading to the ultimate reaction of wanting to read through the rest of the package with immediate effect.
Lots of people make the mistake of simply pasting their cover letter as the body of their email, but this is actually very wrong because in most cases, recruiters do not go through the entire cover letter, so imagine that same cover letter in the body of your email, would you read through it if you were your own recruiter?
Most definitely not I think. Your email resume body is a lot better if left short and interesting.
1. Proficient Content Writer seeks a Content Executive position with ABC Airways.
2. Dear (Recruiter),
3. Please find attached to this email, a copy of my resume and cover letter for the Content Executive Position at ABC Airways.
4. As the 2019 winner of the Common Wealth Writers Prize for Content Writing, with a rich work experience spanning three continents and a 98% success rate in previous projects, I am poised to bring my 5+ years of experience to play in driving your marketing content success rate up to 85% in no time.
5. I look forward to a face-to-face meeting in order to be able to share my thoughts and ideas on the recently completed German Marketing Campaign and how a higher success rate can be achieved.
6. Sincerely, (Name and Contact of Sender).
While all this is said and done, it is still incredibly easy to flunk while sending a resume email to a recruiter as surprising as that might sound.
But, another relatively easier error to commit while sending the email is doing it from a very unprofessional email address such as “email@example.com” or “firstname.lastname@example.org”, believe me, if you do this, your email will never be opened and your resume will definitely not live to see the light of the day.
In order to cross this dangerous border, you’d be better off with a much more mature and professional email address like the one which combines your first and last name.
If it’s already taken then simply combine it with a couple of figures such as “Adamsmith56@gmail.com” or “Reginadaniels77@hotmail.com” and you’d be good to go.
One of the most important things about writing a resume and emailing it to a recruiter is to ensure that is it tailored perfectly to fit the job in question.