Before You Hit Send


Welcome back to our Get Hired job search blog series.  I’m so proud of you for sticking with us through day 17. 


Question of the Day: Do you know how to create a PDF?

Many companies require candidates to apply online. There are basic rules to follow to increase the likelihood of getting the interview.


Job search tip #16: Follow the employer’s instructions exactly.

This is the most important piece of advice in the process.  Some companies require you to complete applications online and provide the option of attaching supporting documents like a resume and cover letter.  Some hiring managers do not accept attachments on their employment websites or in email submissions.  Don’t improvise.

  • Save all employment files with your full name (not a nickname) as an Adobe PDF to prevent editing.
  • Never send an email without a subject Email subject line should include your name and the position you are applying for.
  • Emails should include a signature with your contact information.
  • Email cover letters should be well-written and professional.
  • If attachments are not accepted with email submissions, paste your cover letter and resume in the body of the email.
  • Check grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
  • Check for formatting issues before you hit send.


Stay tuned for job search tip #17 tomorrow.


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before you hit send 

Nicki Sanders, Chief Visionary Officer of The Teen Toolbox, is a Life Skills Expert who uses her Packaged For Success™ programs to help clients set goals for life and create a road map to reach those goals. Ms. Sanders is an experienced case manager, trainer, and administrator. She offers professional development training for both youth and adults. Ms. Sanders holds a Master’s degree in Social Work and has fifteen years of direct experience with a diverse array of clients in residential, school-based, and community based agencies.


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