Is It Unprofessional to Email a Resume?
Emailing a resume is not unprofessional per se, but it can backfire if the email is poorly written or not sent properly in general.
Here are the dos and don'ts of how to email your resume:
- Do take your time to write a proper “email cover letter,” i.e., the letter that will accompany your resume.
- Do mention the attachments (there are many great alternatives to the good old “please find attached my resume”).
- Don’t forget to actually attach the files.
- Don’t send the email to the wrong person in the company. Best case scenario: some kind soul forwards your email to the hiring manager. Worst case scenario: it falls into the resume black hole.
- Don’t try to work around the existing company processes. If job openings on the website and other job boards require you to apply directly, sending your resume as an email will most likely lead to it being ignored.
Also, don’t forget to follow up on your application if you don’t hear from them after two weeks!
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