In today’s lightning fast, electronic whiz bang world of emails, Blackberries, wireless connections and virtual connections, the act of faxing your resume to a company for a position has fallen by the wayside.
So, why should you fax your resume today? If you stop and think about it, almost everyone who is sending a resume for a position will be sending it electronically via email or job board. So, where does that put your resume when you fax it over to the hiring manager? It puts your resume at the top of the list.
Now I’m sure most of you are saying that you don’t have a fax machine that is easy and convenient for you to use. Check out the FaxMyResume online service which allows you to fax your resume to a hiring manager online, without having to use a conventional fax machine. To find out more visit our home page listed at the end of the article and follow the link on our home page.
I’m sure that some of you are skeptical about the premise of faxing instead of emailing, so let’s delve into it a little deeper. If you have ever been in the hiring manager position, you know that the flood of emails for a position can be astronomical. You also know how many of the emails you skim just the first line or two of the cover letter and you hit the delete button.
So, instead of getting in the long line of emails waiting to be quickly scanned and then deleted, why not put yourself at the top of the list? If any of you have ever worked in a large office where there is a shared fax machine or if you had a secretary or assistant that was always taking documents and faxes to the bosses, you know that almost everything designated for the boss will get delivered to his desk.
You also know that when a manager is looking to fill a position, it usually takes top billing over other day to day business activities. So, when the secretary or admin gets a resume fax, they are going to most likely put your resume on top. Now, if you have an award winning cover letter and resume, that hiring manager will sit up and take notice as soon as he/she starts reading it.
Finally, if the hiring manager is one of those people who likes to have a fax machine in his office, your odds are even better that he or she will take a moment to peruse your resume when it comes in. If you will strategically time it so that you send your resume over right before lunch, you may even get a half hour or even hour of the manager’s attention. How many of the emailed resumes do you think will get that kind of focus?
So, when you are starting your job search and find a great job that you would love to have, don’t be afraid to fax your resume over instead of sending it electronically. It may put you at the top of the list.