(Closed) Snail mail resume?

posted 6 years ago in Career
  • poll: What's the best way to go about this
    Mail it, hope it gets there : (12 votes)
    57 %
    Email to the address on the ad : (0 votes)
    Drop it off in person : (3 votes)
    14 %
    All three : (2 votes)
    10 %
    Other : (2 votes)
    10 %
    You REALLY want to work for a company that still requires mailed resumes? : (2 votes)
    10 %
  • Post # 3
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    7771 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    ?  You should ALWAYS follow directions!  Otherwise, they may not even consider it.

    Post # 5
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    2603 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I think it’s always safest to follow directions. There are plenty of reasons why a company would request snail-mail resumes–especially if they are an organization with a national presence who is likely to receive a lot of applications. They don’t want to have to print out everyone’s information themselves (on their dime) and deal with computer program differences and formatting issues, etc. etc. Mail your resume as requested; if your’e worried about it, go to the post office and send it certified so you know it’s been delivered. 

    Chances are, if you just use a plain business size envelope, it’ll arrive just fine, not crumpled. 

    Post # 6
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    248 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    yeah, it’s a little weird but if instructions are given – it’s best to follow them!

    if you’re worried about it getting there – you could always give them a follow-up phone call.

    Post # 7
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    3886 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I would first do a google maps search of the address. Click on Street View and see if it really is the charity you expect it to be, or if it looks like a reputable headhunter firm. If not, then don’t email OR snail mail the resume.  Craigslist help wanteds are filled with identity theives. Anyone can post any “job” they want. On your first contact, they have your full name, home address, and work history. Then they contact you for a “background check” that requires your Social… goodbye credit rating…

    ETA: I see you mention PO Box so I’m not sure if that means PO Box at a big building with a street address of its own, or a PO box in a post office; if it’s a PO Box at a big building, a quick google of the tenants list should answer any question of legitimacy. PO Boxes at post offices are harder but our gooogly friend might be able to turn up other entities who get mail there. 

    If it checks out though, and the recruiter or charity is requesting paper resumes, then that is what you should submit.  Some HR departments are stuck in the 1980’s because it takes so long for changes to be approved by boards of directors, or because they may be partially federally funded, in which case they have to comply with federal recruiting standards.  I used to work for the feds just a few years ago and they were still requesting everything by fax or snail mail simply because the Office of Personnel had not yet approved a standard method of email handling for resumes.

    Post # 8
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    1941 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    That might be part of their hiring process, a test so to speak. You don’t follow directions, you don’t get the job. Simple as that. Besides, you can’t hand deliver something to a PO Box 😉

    A friend of mine used to serve at a restaurant, and if someone came in to fill out an application and asked to use a pen, the manager immediately filed it in the “NO” drawer, wouldn’t even look at it. Reason? Unprepared for work.

    So, just do what they want and mail it.

    Post # 9
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    11234 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Always follow instructions.

    Do NOT fold it and put it in a regular envelope. Use a manila envelope that will fit an 8.5″x11″ sheet of paper. Write neatly and add “DO NOT BEND” in the lower right corner. Take it to the desk at the PO and get postage that way, and add Delivery Confirmation on it (I think it’s like $0.85). 

    Post # 10
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    454 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Hm, I’m not sure if you can get delivery confirmation for a PO Box so I’d look into that more.  Personally I’ve had only good luck with the post office and would not hesitate to mail something like a resume if those were the directions.  I would try to use a stiff, letter size envelope so I didnt have to fold it though.

    I don’t know if other people feel this way too but when I was applying for jobs, I was never sure how to approach the cover letter when sending my resume in an email, like whether to include it as another attachment along with the resume or type it in the body of the email.  I think I ended up doing both but sending it snail mail would have eliminated that confusion for me.

    Post # 11
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    1405 posts
    Bumble bee

    Why wouldn’t it get there if you mail it?

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