Congratulations! Congratulations! You’ve written your CV and you’re ready to click Submit. What’s next? Are you sure you’ve done your best to give your resume every chance to stand out and get interviews?
Understanding how to write a CV in the first place was definitely the hardest part. Sending your resume to a recruiter may seem like the easiest step in the resume writing process, but it’s best not to stumble at the finish line.
Here are a few things you should try before clicking on this send button.
The main mistake you’re likely to make
One of the worst mistakes you can make is not to correct your CV before sending it.
You want your resume to be perfect, and even if you’ve created the best resume ever, stupid typos and spelling mistakes will cause it to be lost.
Mistakes can happen to the best of us.
The best thing to do is to ask someone else to read your CV. Getting a second opinion has the added benefit of assessing how you look on paper.
After someone you trust has proofread your resume, use an online proofreading tool. Grammarly is a good application for this purpose.
How to register your CV
Unless the hiring manager has asked to receive your résumé in Word format, you should consider saving it as a PDF. When you save your résumé as a Word document, you run the risk of changing the formatting when the hiring manager opens it.
Keep in mind that if you send your CV through an application tracking system, special formatting may not be recognized by the system.
When saving the file, use your name as filename. For example: “CV Jane Smith”.
Your resume will enter a mailbox flooded with hundreds of resumes, all saved as “resumes”. It is therefore preferable to customize your filename to make it easier to locate.
Send a personalized email to stand out
Another way to prevent your resume from disappearing in the quicksand of the mailbox is to try to send it directly to the hiring manager. Using names to personalize communications is a marketing trick that works just as well when it comes to applying for a job. In fact, starting an e-mail or cover letter with “Dear Jane Smith” instead of “To Whom It May Concern” is more effective. It’s a proven fact!
This has the dual benefit of giving the reader a sense of control over the material he or she is reading and reducing information overload. And when a hiring manager goes through a stack of more than 100 resumes, reducing information overload can only benefit you.
The first thing you’ll have to do is find out their names. Sometimes the hiring manager’s name will be on the job advertisement itself. If not, start by visiting LinkedIn. A human resources staff member often posts their current job and contact information on their profile.
If you can’t find the person on LinkedIn, call the company to find out who’s holding the position. It’s important to call, as an email may go unanswered.
Once you have a name, you need the company email address. The easiest way to do this is to enter the following into Google: “. *@company.com “, followed by the name of your contact person. Google can tell you if the company uses a specific email address format. Most companies use the same format for email addresses, for example :
Once you have the form, simply add the name of the hiring manager. If you can’t find a formula, try different variations of the hiring manager’s name and domain.
If you need to make assumptions to find an address, you can check the validity of your variations by using MailTester. It’s a free email address verification tool. It is not flawless, but can help you sort multiple addresses if necessary.
One last secret that will help you sleep better at night
Have you ever wondered what happens to your resume after clicking on Send? Did the recruiter open your email? No need to ask yourself this question.
Use an application such as Yesware which offers email tracking features. If you download a free trial, you’ll be able to track your resume and see when recruiters open and read your email.
In addition, a recruiter is more likely to offer you an interview if you click on this send button on a Monday or Tuesday. What’s that for? Most jobs are posted at the beginning of the week (58% Monday to Wednesday). And 60% of resumes are sent the same week. The longer you wait, the more competition you’ll face.
So there is some truth in the saying “the future belongs to those who get up early”!
Things to remember
It only takes a few moments to customize a file, proofread a CV and search for a hiring manager’s email. And it’s really worth it.
After clicking Submit, you can relax knowing that your CV is easy to find and in the right inbox. And you can rest assured that it won’t be discarded because of a stupid typo.