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October 5, 2012 7:18 AM Subscribe
Inside line on a job opening - what is the most effective way of sending an unsolicited resume?
posted by cccp47 to Work & Money (7 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
So one of my contacts from my current job has informed me of a position that has just opened up in another company that may be a very good fit for me, and gave me the name/physical address of the person to contact. This job is not yet advertised anywhere. I would really appreciate some advice with two things from people who have successfully gotten a job through something like this before I send anything out.
1) What is the best way to send an unsolicited resume/cover letter through the mail?
Folded and in a normal size envelope? One of those document parcel things? Fedex??? And then write Attn: Person Name? I have only ever emailed a resume, I guess I should get the nice resume paper and whatnot.
2) As for the cover letter - I just need help with the opening lines. Should I go with formal or semi-informal opening, as in "Hello First Name," or "Dear Mr. Last Name?"
And then what? "I received your contact information from Contact Name, who has informed me of a recent opening for a Position Name within your organization. If you are looking for a replacement, I believe that my skills and experience would make me a very good fit for this position." And then go on to detail why this would be a good fit, etc. Is that a good way of phrasing it, or can you guys think of something better?
Thanks again for any help, it is greatly appreciated. Still getting used to this whole networking thing.