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 trashed before they are even opened.
When you are emailing your resume, it’s important to make it easy for the hiring manager to quickly identify what your message is about.
Below are some tips to follow before you email your resume to the Employer:
1. Have a professional email address. Email addresses like email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org do not convey the first impression you need. It prevents the Employer from taking you seriously. Since companies such as: Google, Yahoo, Hotmail, etc. provide free e-mail accounts, we suggest you create an email account which you use solely for employment purposes.
Using your first name/middle initial/last name JenniferJSmith@gmail.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 CasinoHostDan@gmail.com.
2. 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 your resume; do so.
However, if the employer does not want attachments then you should copy and paste your resume into the body of the email. Attachments can also get caught in spam filters so when given the choice, always send your resume as plain text in the body of your email.
3. Create a clear subject line. If you do not include a subject the employer may mistake your email for spam. Include the title of the position for which you are applying in the subject of the email. This will assist employers to quickly understand why you are contacting them and for what position.
4. Include your contact information in your signature. This seems like common sense, but you would be surprised how often candidates neglect to provide their contact information when applying to a position.
5. 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.
6. 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 miss the opportunity to be considered.
7. 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 may not land you the job, but they should increase the probability that the Employer will read your resume, and that is the first hurdle to being considered!
Composed by Jill Middleton and Erin Edwards, marketing and recruitment specialists with Casino Careers, who work with hundreds of Employers in the Gaming-Hospitality, Regulatory and Technology industry and cull through thousands of resumes weekly.