Your resume is polished, customized, and ready to hand over to a potential employer. And since we live in a digital age, any self-respecting employer will be happy to receive your application via the latest resume submission app…even if you live less than five minutes away and could easily walk in the door and hand over a hard copy. In fact, most employers will be reassured by this, and will actually have concerns about your lack of “tech-savvy” if you hand them a sheet of old fashioned paper… Right?
Not exactly. It’s reassuring when a given candidate clearly knows how to draft a resume as a Word file, attach it to an email, and click send. But as it happens, this gesture no longer signals impressive computer skills. And sending your resume via the latest app won’t help you unless your recipients are also using the same app or have specifically requested that you apply this way. Here are a few more reasons why you may want to consider printing out your resume and applying in person.
1. Winning profiles have pictures for a reason.
Dating profiles with no picture attached don’t usually get very many responses. And Linkedin profiles with no picture can represent a missed opportunity for job seekers. But since formal resumes should never include pictures and photographs, you can gain more traction among employers if you back your resume up by pairing it with your face…as in, your actual face. A picture can be worth a thousand words, but your smiling, moving human visage can be worth more than a thousand pictures.
2. Delivering your resume in person shows that you really want the job.
If you want this job enough to get into your car (or onto your bike) and shoot across town to deliver your application in person, that’s a strong sign of interest, and it suggests that you’ve done some research and you plan to say yes to the position if it’s offered.
3. A personal drop-off shows fearlessness and commitment.
You can spend the next hour carpet bombing every employer in a 50 mile radius, applying for 50 open positions with the same exact resume file, sitting in your chair and giving your mouse-clicking finger a workout. That’s fine, and each of those 50 doors may open a tiny crack.
But today, why not put your entire energy into throwing one door wide open? Why not go all the way into that office (or restaurant or warehouse), smile at the receptionist, and give yourself the best possible chance? A candidate who’s willing to show up in person—no matter what else she may lack—is energetic, dynamic, and rare.
4. Choosing one option won’t rule out the other.
There’s nothing wrong with dropping off a hard copy in person and also submitting via email or online web form at the same time. You’ll eventually need to submit your digital document anyway…but handing over your resume in person can give you an added edge and will let your employers see your face, shake your hand, and confirm that you’re a real person who isn’t afraid to put yourself out there.
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Writing a cover letter takes a careful approach.
A good CV never travels alone and a cover letter is an essential part of any job application. But what is a cover letter and what should you put in it?
A good cover letter goes a long way to ensuring you get to the interview stage. Make sure you put the same time and effort into a cover letter as you do into creating a CV.
What is a cover letter for?
A cover letter should make it clear which job the CV is for and include the job title and any reference that has been given for it. Basically, a cover letter should help your potential employer to direct your application appropriately. When your CV is sent in electronically, the professional courtesy of sending it with a cover letter is standard practise.
What to write in a cover letter?
There are a few things which your cover letter has to include. For advice on writing a cover letter, see our how to write a cover letter article. Ideally, your cover letter will not take long to read as it should be extremely well laid-out.
Typed letters are preferable to hand written ones for most jobs. If you have a clear and concise message which helps to direct your CV to where it should be, then your letter will have done its job.
Cover letter pitfalls
Make sure your cover letter doesn't detract from the quality of your CV. A cover letter with bad spelling will mean that your CV never even gets looked at. If you are unsure, then get someone to proofread your letter before you sign it and send it off. Take as much care as you would with your CV.
Your cover letter must be relevant to the job you are applying for. Avoid re-using one from another job application. Remove any reference numbers for old jobs from any templates you may have kept. Ensure that any job title you mention is 100 per cent accurate.
Keep it short
If you think your covering letter is too long, then it is. Cut it down. The information given should be to-the-point yet as clear possible, whilst maintaining a friendly, professional tone.
Email cover letters
For positions which require an emailed application, the email itself can act as the cover letter. A CV can be sent as the attachment to the email. Ideally, a covering email will make a brief introduction and mention your CV has been attached.
Finish the letter on a positive note. Statements such as “I look forward to hearing from you” show your motivation and that you are keen to get a response.
Now you know how important it is, make sure you consider these tips on writing winning cover letters . These can really help you to succeed where others fail.