How to Submit a Resume for a Job


Your resume helps you get your foot in the door by presenting your qualifications and experience to the company, and by highlighting the reasons why you are the best candidate for the position. When you apply for a job, you need to prepare your resume carefully and submit it according to the specifications in the job posting.

  • Review the job listing carefully and note the specified resume format. Some companies accept resumes in all formats, while others specify a required format such as plain text or Microsoft Word.

  • Check the job listing for a list of required skills. Note any keywords listed in the job listing as well. Many companies use automated programs to sort incoming resumes, and including those skills and keywords can increase the odds that your own resume will make it through that screening process. Never add a skill you do not possess just to fool the screening program, but do include all of the skills and experience you possess.

  • Log on to your computer and open your resume file. Review your existing resume and ensure that it includes the keywords and the skills listed in the job listing. Add any of those skills and keywords if needed.

  • Create a separate skills section if the job listing includes an extensive list of skills and software experience required for the job. For instance, a database administrator job might require experience with Microsoft Access, MySQL, SQL Server and Oracle. Adding a skills section and listing all four programs makes it easier for the hiring manager to see what you bring to the table.

  • Follow the specific instructions in the job listing for submitting your resume. Some job listings specify that only online applications will be considered, while others require that you submit a physical cover sheet and resume through the mail. If the job listing asks for an emailed resume, double-check the email address before writing an email cover letter and attaching your resume.

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