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Asked by Tanya on March 12, 2017

Do recruiters look at resumes that are sent through traditional mail? On paper instead of email?

Answered by Dan, Hiring Expert at Mutual of Omaha, on March 13, 2017

Interesting question! Some think if they go the extra mile by mailing in their resume, this would grab the employer's / recruiter's attention. Where this may have been the case back in the day before everyone become tech savy. Also, when a resume is sent one has to figure out who to address to and depending on the size of the company it may take longer to get to the correct person. So to answer your question, even though it the action was coming from a good place I would recommend one to email their resume to a connection within that organization so the proper person can receive it right away. Also, on the plus side you will be going green and not wasting paper! 

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Answered by Beamer, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on March 29, 2017

Hello!

I agree with Dan, very interesting question! If I were to get a resume in the mail, perhaps with a short handwritten note conveying your appreciation for my time and attention to it and expressing your excitement for the company, I would actually be impressed. In this digital age, that little bit of extra effort can help shine a light on your application. I might just be old-fashioned though!

Also agreeing with Dan, it would take some pretty impressive investigative skills to make sure it got to the right person. However, if you could accomplish this, you have more creativity with the impression you make. If it's a creative role, for example, you can send a portfolio of work. It's always unexpected and often cool for recruiters and hiring managers to get their hands on something tangible.

Good luck!
Beamer 

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Answered by Lisa, Hiring Expert at VF Corporation, on April 21, 2017

I think this really depends on the industry and position you are applying for.   In my experience, if the job is posted on line and asks you to apply on-line - you should follow that process.   However, if the job is posted, and asks that you apply by sending in your resume/cv to a specific person/address then follow that protocol.   Likewise, some retail organization like to see you walk into the store and inquire about job openings they have.   I would not recommend mailing your resume when the company asks you to apply on line.   Hope this helps!

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