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Send Your Resume as an Attachment

by Kevin Donlin

This week's tip is an answer to a question I hear from almost every client: what's the best way to email my resume to employers? Should I send the resume as an attachment, or send it in the email message itself?

Answer -- you should do both.

First, send your resume as an attachment. The most popular word processors are Word and WordPerfect. If your resume is in one of these 2 formats, you should have no trouble.

But, because attachments can contain viruses, a growing number of employers prefer that you send the resume in the body of your email.

To do this, just copy and paste the text into your email message. If you're not familiar with how to copy and paste text, refer to your user manual.

And that's it! When you send your resume as both an attachment and in the body of the email itself, you can be certain that one way or another, your resume will get read.

Kevin Donlin owns and operates Guaranteed Resumes. Since 1995, he has provided resumes, cover letters and online job-search assistance to clients. This article and hundreds like it on topics ranging from networking to resume writing to finding internships also appear in The Last Job Search Guide You'll Ever Need, a self-help job guide.