Today’s Junk Mailbox contained more than 30 emails that weren’t delivered due to questionable attachments. As I scanned through the offers of cheap prescription drugs and watches, I found two legitimate messages–both containing resumes. I don’t know what triggered their quarantine status, but I have now moved them along to our HR director.
To avoid the risk of ending up in junk mail or raising concerns by individuals reluctant to open documents from unknown senders, I have a a suggestion: Cut and paste your resume into the body of your email rather than making it an attachment.
Many of us are reluctant to open documents from people we don’t know, which underscores the importance of cover notes. Since many HR functions prefer the stand alone resume, you might attach a resume along with pasting it into the cover email. This requires keeping the cover note short and to the point. Since most e-mail programs are based on a 72-character format, be sure to limit each line of your email resume to 72 characters. This will prevent dropped and jumbled lines.