Many employers prefer and some are now requiring that résumés be submitted electronically, either via email or through the company’s web site. Some companies have automated their initial screening process of applicants through the use of résumé scanning software. Résumés are stored in a database and then are searched for keywords relevant to that particular position. Thus, the more keywords contained in your résumé that match the job description, the greater chance you will have of being identified as a qualified candidate and selected for an interview.
When emailing your résumé, keep these tips in mind:
- Condense your cover letter into a brief opening paragraph. Briefly introduce yourself and explain the purpose of your email. Busy people don’t like to read lengthy emails, so get to the point and give them a reason to open your attached résumé.
- Use the Subject Line to indicate the position you are applying.
- Using industry jargon and abbreviations (AutoCAD, IEEE, etc.) is OK but spell out any unusual abbreviations that may be unfamiliar to the employer (e.g., CAMP).
- Avoid using bullets, columns, graphics or other special formatting.
- Keep your email messages professional.
- Use spell-check and proof your email before you send it, as it is a reflection of your communication skills.
- Do a test email before submitting it to an employer.