E-Résumé Guidelines for New Teachers
Many employers receive candidate résumés electronically, and it is acceptable to attach your résumé to an email message. If possible, a PDF version of the résumé is the preferred format.
Test drive your résumé. Send it to yourself and a friend. Proofread it again and make any corrections that are required. Make sure it looks good on the screen and that it prints correctly.
Preparing a cover letter for your e-résumé
The personnel officer who will read your résumé wants you to introduce yourself and needs to know what position you are applying for and why you want the position. A good cover letter gives the employer this basic information and provides a context for your résumé.
- Read the job posting carefully. Knowing what is involved will enable you to explain clearly why you can do the job and why you want it.
- A one- or two-paragraph cover letter is appropriate for an e-résumé.
- Include the job reference number if there is one.
- Make sure your email address and telephone number are clearly visible in your cover letter.
Submitting your e-résumé and cover letter
You’ve test driven the document, and you’ve drafted your cover letter. It is now time to send it to the prospective employer. Re-read all of your documents one more time to make sure everything is correct. Ensure your email subject line includes the job reference number if there is one.
Respecting e-résumé etiquette
- Do not use your employer’s email system for your job search.
- Use your personal/home email account.
- Use a business-like email address such as firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Avoid addresses such as firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Email is not confidential. If you are worried about including your name, address and phone number on your e-résumé, write "Confidential Résumé" instead and list a personal email address where you can be reached.
- Send individual, targeted messages to each prospective employer. Avoid mass mailings.
- Make sure your subject line makes a good first impression. Some employers request that a specific job code or number be included in the subject line. Respect the employer’s request.