The Fayette Citizen-Business Page
Wednesday, August 19, 1998
Survey says job seekers should avoid e-mailing their resumes

A new survey suggests that a trip to the corner mailbox is still the best way for job prospects to make a good impression with prospective employers.

While many of those surveyed expressed no preference, 21 percent of employers said they wanted to receive a resume via regular mail.

The survey was developed by Office Team , a leading staffing service specializing in highly skilled temporary office and administrative professionals. It was conducted by an independent research firm and includes responses from 150 executives with the nation's 1,000 largest companies.

Even though technology seems to be on everybody's mind, only 8 percent wanted to receive a resume by e-mail.

"Executives often prefer the mailed version of a resume because of what it reveals about the job seeker," said Diane Domeyer, executive director of Office Team. "It shows a candidate has extended a greater effort to personalize the information. In addition, such elements as the choice of paper, quality of printing and layout of the documents give insight to overall professionalism."

Emily Costello, OfficeTeam division director, said, "The more informal delivery system of e-mail or fax might cause some job seekers to become lax or rushed to the detriment of the appearance of the resume and cover letter. Regardless of the vehicle, hiring managers will notice attention to detail."

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