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How To Get Your Resume Read

Human resources professionals sift through hundreds of resumes on a daily basis. It is no wonder some resumes get deleted before they are even opened.

When you are emailing your resume, or posting an online application, it’s important to make it easy for the Recruiter and Hiring Manager to quickly identify your qualifications and accomplishments.

Below are some tips to follow before you email your resume to the Employer:
 
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Have a professional email address. Email addresses like handsomeguy@example.com or beautifulgirl@example.com do not convey the first impression you need. It prevents the Employer from taking you seriously. We suggest you create an email account which you use solely for employment purposes.

Using your first name/middle initial/last name JackieJSmith@example.com is the most professional and easily recognizable. If creativity is critical to the job, associating your name with the job title you are seeking may also grab the hiring managers attention: MarketingGuruMark@yahoo.com or CasinoHostBeth@gmail.com.
 
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Follow the employer’s instructions. It is important to follow the employer’s instructions, since not doing so may jeopardize your chances of employment. If the employer requests that you attach a cover letter, do so.

However, if the employer does not want attachments then you should copy and paste your cover letter and resume into the body of the email. Attachments can also get caught in spam filters so when given the choice.

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Create a clear subject line. Always send your resume with a relevant professional subject that includes the title of the position and name of the company. This will assist employers to quickly understand why you are contacting them and for what position.
 
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Include your contact information in your signatureInclude your name, email address and cell number.
 
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Send a test message. Enlist your friends and family. Email your cover letter and resume to them and have them tell you how it looks. Good formatting conveys conscientiousness.
 
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Remove hurdles that prevent employers from emailing you. Don’t use spam filters that require an employer to respond to a verification email in order to be added to your Safe Senders List. This is a hassle and some employers will simply not do it and you may miss the opportunity to be considered.
 
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Use spell check. Sloppy spelling and bad grammar will often disqualify you in the first 5 minutes since it presents an unprofessional impression.

Using these tips will hopefully increase the probability that the Employer will read your resume, and that is the first hurdle to being considered!