How to Fax a Cover Letter & Resume

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A cover letter and resume should only be faxed if specifically instructed to do so, and an electronic copy should also be sent to the same individual. Avoid faxing resumes unless absolutely necessary with help from an experienced career coach in this free video on resume writing.

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Video Transcript

Hi good afternoon. In the work world of today for folks who are in job transition, and looking for a new position I often hear as a career coach, how should I fax or send my resume to a company. And I would like to say that in general we recommend not sending a fax unless you are specifically asked. And the reason for that is that obviously when you send a fax, and it would go through, and arrive at that target company as a hard copy. Now that said there may be some times when somebody would specifically want you to fax a resume that they would in turn pass as a hard copy over to somebody else within the company, and that is all part of good networking. But you would follow that up with an electronic copy of that resume to that same person so that they could in turn distribute that resume easily around the company. As you can expect I have heard of companies that get fifteen thousand resumes every week. As you would expect they simply don't have the time to handle all that paper. So we are here to same some trees, and save you some time and frustration, because if you dispatch your resume blindly to companies again it may never get read. So the best advice that I can give you is unless you are specifically asked to fax a resume is to not do that, but to find out an email address there through networking, and send your resume in that format. Because it is more likely to get read that way. Thanks.


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