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Emailing resumes vs. hard-copy

 
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I've read on this forum that mailing hard copies of resumes can be more effective. Is this the general consensus? Mailing hard copies involves using extra time and money which could perhaps be better spent on other aspects of the job search -- but then they may make more of an impact on employers. What are your experiences?
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Large companies will take your hard copy and put it into a pile to be scanned. Then it has to wait until an HR weinie can type in the name, phone etc into their database along with the scan. By the time the hiring manager gets the printout of the reduced image next to the database entries on their company form, it looks like crap. So unless you have a direct address for a hiring manager, and you think she will actually read it instead of shunting it immediately to HR, I wouldn't mail it. For a smaller company, you might mail it to an officer of the company, although a piece of paper can easily get lost in a to do pile for a smaller company, so I would follow up with a phone call within a few days. In fact, you might call first, to see if they really are hiring.
Go to the web site of the company, and follow their instructions. Everybody likes employees who can follow instructions! There should be some hints as to how their system best handles resumes.
 
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What the heck.
If you can do both - hardcopy and e-mail - then do it.
What you don't want to do is address the cover letter to "dear sir or madam". This is totally tacky and not good to do.
Better yet, is to get a person's name - even if it's in the HR department.
Since 90% of the IT advertisements are found on the Internet - I would suspect the equivalent majority of your replies will be via e-mail. It's faster - It's easier.
Of course, it does not hurt to followup with a paper copy.
John Coxey
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My way of doing it:
1) Put my resume on a private webpage, which means there is no link from my home page, only the parties I want them to see it can see it.
2) Put a ms-word version on the same directory with my resume page.
3) Put a link on the resume page, says "A word format version can be viewed and downloaded from here.
4) Put the URL on the bottom of my resume (even word format), the person have my resume printed out still can find my most updated resume from the URL.
5) Send only my resume URL to recruiters/employers/friends I want to send to, and tell them you can get a word format version there too. Since most of them will prefer a word format.
6) They click it, they see it!!!
7) It works real well for me.
8) When I found a job, I renamed my resume page, no body can see it anymore. Of course, except me!
Good luck!
Roseanne
[This message has been edited by Roseanne Zhang (edited April 30, 2001).]
 
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Add two points:
1) Update your resume after each failed/successful interview, since they asked you questions about you resume, you know what was unclear to them. Don't change the facts, but change how you present the facts.
2) The word resume is not a seperate document, but an InternetExplorer "Select All"/"Copy"/"Paste into MS-word" one. No maintenance headache. If you found a spelling error, only change the html, then repeat the above process.
Roseanne

[This message has been edited by Roseanne Zhang (edited May 01, 2001).]
 
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