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How To Submit Your Cover Letter To Potential Employers

Aug 18, 2007
The way you submit your cover letter can be just as important as what your cover letter and resume contains. The first thing to do is determine what format the company you are applying for prefers. Often, this will be indicated in the advertisement for the position if you are applying for an already listed position. If not, be sure to call and check with human resources. There are some companies which will automatically reject a cover letter and resume if it submitted in the wrong format.

Unless the company indicates they wish to receive employment inquires, cover letters and resumes by snail mail avoid using this method. The reason being is that companies receive a large amount of mail. It is not uncommon for things to be lost, incorrectly routed or mistaken for junk mail. If the company accepts inquires, cover letters and resumes by regular post they will indicate how to address the envelope.

Using electronic mail in order to submit your inquiry should also be avoided. Unless, like with regular mail, the potential employer indicates that is how they wish to receive cover letters and resumes. The reason behind this is because many people have filters, or your mail may be considered spam and deleted before it is ever looked at.

There are a number of times when you will see contact information and a fax number. In this case the employer wishes inquires to be sent by fax. This is a good way for them to avoid getting a large number of regular posts in or a large number of emails.

The best way to submit a cover letter and resume is to do it in person. This gives you the opportunity to see the company, office and people that are potential co-workers. It will also give you a feel for the working environment and that is an important aspect to accepting a position. It also gives a face to the cover letters and resumes being received. This can be a good selling point and keep you firmly placed in the human resource manager or manager's mind. This can go a long way to helping your cover letter to make the top of the pile. There are a few important things to remember: Dress like you are going to an interview and carry the cover letter and resume in a way that will not cause wrinkles. It is good to present a copy like it was fresh off the printer. When submitting avoid times when you know that business might be busy, like late afternoon, or Fridays. This will give you the opportunity not only to submit your cover letter and resume to the appropriate person but also chat with them for a moment.

Remember the best way to submit your resume is in person unless the company you are applying to has indicated it's preferred method to receiving inquires, cover letters and resumes.
About the Author
Michael Murray is an author of career articles and owner of Cover Letters Report, a site all about how to write a cover letter.
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