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  1. Resume or No?

    A colleague of mine recommended a company to me (with whom he has done business) as a potential place of employment for me. I called today to speak with the owner (who has worked with my colleague) and found out he is on leave for a while from surgery. I explained why I was calling to (whom I assume might be) the receptionist as her name isn’t on the company director online and she said I could email my background and contact information to her.

    I am wondering what is the best way to proceed in this instance. Should I email a full blown cover letter/resume? Should I just give a quick synopsis of my background and contact info?

    To add: I am not applying for a posted position, the company’s website states they are always looking for good people to fill these positions. Also my background is slightly different than the position I seek, but their website states that a new hire will be trained from scratch so experience is not necessarily among what they value in a new employee. Should I mention any of this in my email?

    • Elizabeth

      I would follow the directions of the receptionist… but it sounds like her directions were a bit vague. What does ‘background’ mean? (It could imply something very informal, or it could mean your resume.) The safest thing, I would think, is to go ahead and send a cover letter and your resume. You can mention your friend’s reference in the letter (not in an email), you can describe the position you’re interested in, and you can address the slight mismatch in your background by describing why your background sets you up as a good candidate – paint it in a positive light, and explain why you are looking to make a shift (it aligns with your interests/ambitions/skills, etc).

      • Resume or No?

        Thank you for your reply. In the length of time it took my post to show here, unfortunately, I already had written her. I essentially wrote a cover letter in the email with a synopsis of my work experience and how it related to the job, why I was looking into this position, and contact information and then said I look forward to an opportunity to present my resume. Maybe my thought process was keep ‘em interested? ;) She seemed very satisfied with the email saying she would pass it along to the owner.

        (I know it is difficult for EPI to have an actual person monitoring questions constantly, but I thought I read here quite a while back that they were looking into a new system so posts could be more immediate? I hope that is still the case, I like your input Elizabeth and wish I would’ve had time to consider it!)

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