A: All possible ways to contact you — landline phones (home and work), cell phone, fax number, e-mail address(s).
But once you’ve done that, be sure you respond when the employer contacts you. Writing in The Gladiator, a job-search “survival” newsletter, Shanna Kemp, who worked at a recruiting firm, notes: “I cannot count the number of potential candidates I contacted who simply never emailed or called back. As a recruiter, I assume that if the candidate doesn’t call or email in return, they are no longer interested in employment and put them on my “uninterested” list. Also, many recruiters are searching for candidates to fill a position that is currently open and being interviewed for; if you don’t respond quickly, someone else will and they will be hired.”
Q: How can I ensure that my resume convinces employers that I’m exactly what they’re looking for and gets attention?
A: Keywords, keywords, keywords.
Be sure your resume includes copious industry-specific keywords, and when responding to job postings, pack your resume with actual verbiage from the postings. Front-load your resume with keywords and your top skills and repeat them often so they’ll be sure to be picked up by the employer’s keyword-searchable software. For more about how to identify and use keywords, see our article, Tapping the Power of Keywords to Enhance Your Resume’s Effectiveness.
Another way to get attention is to send your resume (with a cover letter) by postal mail to the employer simultaneously with your job-board submission. You’ll grab attention because it’s becoming less and less common to send resumes through snailmail.
Also be sure also to pay close attention to employers’/recruiters’ instructions for submitting your resume in response to their ads. Do they want you to send it via e-mail as a Word attachment? Via e-mail with your resume in text form in the body of the e-mail? Faxed? Mailed? Make sure you know how to do what the employer is asking. If you frequently send your resume as an e-mail attachment, experiment with sending it to several friends’ computers to make sure it looks consistent and nicely formatted. Many employers ask you to include a position code so they can easily identify the job you’re applying for.