How you send your resume can be almost as important as what the resume actually says. When you submit a resume correctly, you maximize the chances of being interviewed for the job. So before you press the Send button, here are a few last minute suggestions:
Check for typos: This obvious rule is not well observed; most of the resumes received by Nefesh B’Nefesh have at least one typo. Before emailing your resume, run a final Spell Check. In addition, ask a friend to look for possible errors in grammar, formatting or content.
Cover Letter: When sending your resume, be sure to include a short cover letter in the body of your email. The cover letter should be 3 – 5 sentences describing succinctly why you are an appropriate candidate for the job. Olim have found that sending their cover letter in Hebrew results in receiving a greater number of follow up phone calls. Keep in mind that the vast majority of HR personnel are Hebrew speakers and are more likely to read a cover letter in Hebrew than in English and, as a result, to open your resume. Send the resume file as an attachment (in Word or PDF format).
Translate it into Hebrew: In certain professions, it is critical to send a Hebrew language resume; for other professions, such as hi-tech, it’s less important though you may receive a greater number of follow up phone calls if you send your resume in Hebrew. As a general rule, if you are sending your resume to an Israeli employer, it’s better to send a Hebrew language resume. The translation should be high quality, on par with the quality of your English version. Professional translators usually charge around 150 NIS to translate an average length resume. Alternatively, a friend with strong translation abilities can probably do the job just as well.
Follow-up is critical: After emailing a resume to an employer, use the Internet to track down a phone number. Speak to the employer directly. Most employers receive dozens of resumes, and may ignore many of the emails they receive. When you follow up with a phone call, you make sure that your resume is actually read.