Creating the Perfect Email Resume
By: David Green
Emailing your resume and cover letter is one of the easiest ways to contact
a recruiter, but there are rules and regulations that you need to
follow. Not everyone has the same software programs, so it is important
that you know how to create an email resume that can be viewed no matter
what the end user has.
Plain text format is perhaps the most common format for email resumes,
since anyone can view your document. The main drawback is that it doesn't
allow for bold, italics, or different fonts.
So how do you create an email resume in plain text? First, you need to
find a text editor. Most computer users have a program called
Notepad. This simple text editor allows you to create a document that is
Once you have the right software, you can choose to create your email
resume from scratch or copy and paste it from another program. Copying and
pasting is easier if you have something already in place, but you will find
that it will require some polishing once the fonts and formatting are taken
Expect to spend some time getting used to the non-formatted version of your
resume. If you are starting from scratch, be aware that most plain text
editors don't have a spell check feature. So you will want to copy and
paste your email resume into a program like Word, so that you can make sure
you don't have any misspellings or typos.
Once you save the document it should have a .txt extension on the
end. This means that it is saved in plain text and can be viewed from any
computer. You can double check this by right clicking the file icon and
then choosing properties.
Once you have the resume put together, it is time to send it off to the
recruiters. You can either include it as an attachment or send it in the
body of the e-mail. Make sure to read the job description to see if the
recruiter has a preference. If the recruiter prefers to have things
included in the body of the email, you want to make sure that you have your
e-mail software set to send plain text. If not, then your resume may be
unreadable by the recruiter. Here are some instructions on how to send a
plain text message for some of the most common email carriers.
Last but not least, send the resume to your own email first to make sure
that everything is viewable. If you can't read it, neither can the recruiter!
- Yahoo! Mail: Create a new e-mail. At the bottom of the e- mail, click the
"plain text" button. Then, simply copy and paste your resume into the
e-mail. You may have to make some minor formatting changes.
- Hotmail: Create a new e-mail, in the pull-down field labeled "Tools" make
sure the "Rich Text Editor" is off. You'll be able to tell if you've
successfully turned the Rich Text Editor off as all the formatting options
will disappear from your composition screen. You may have to make some
minor formatting changes.
- Microsoft Outlook: Create a new e-mail, click on the "Format" button and
choose the "Plain Text" option. Then, simply copy and paste your resume
into the new e-mail. You may have to make some minor changes, but most of
your formatting should remain intact.
© 2006 David Green
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