If you want to turn off a prospective employer, send them a resume in an envelope marked “Personal.” I received two such resumes in the past month. There was nothing “personal” in the cover letter or resume. In both instances, the resumes would have received more immediate attention if sent to the right person in the agency. Instead, the letters sat in my seldom-checked snail mailbox for nearly two weeks from the postmark dates.
Also, don’t use “Personal” in the subject line of email. This suggests content that made it through spam filters. Actually, it’s rare to receive a printed resume in the mail. The best way to get a resume in the right hands at an agency or corporation is via email.
If you’re currently employed and concerned about the confidentiality of your job search, don’t send your resume to anyone who isn’t aware of your situation. Otherwise, blindly sending resumes with a “Personal” or “Confidential” notation isn’t sufficient protection from potential disclosure. Fortunately, 99.9% of resumes come via email and without any viewing restrictions.
No, I’m not providing the names of the individuals who instigated this post.