The paperless resume wins more fans

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Job hunters can still print stacks of resumes at the local Kinko's. But many now hit cybercafes instead.

E-mailed resumes account for 34 percent of all submissions to prospective employers, according to a new survey of 150 executives representing the country's 1,000 largest companies. And 48 percent of employers now prefer to receive resumes by e-mail according to Officeteam, the outplacement firm that conducted the study. That's a striking contrast to two years ago, when just 4 percent of respondents stated a preference for resumes via e-mail.

And the others? The poll revealed that 21 percent of executives prefer getting resumes by mail, 11 percent prefer faxes, and the rest had no stated preference.

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Even with an informal medium like e-mail, job hunters should still pay strict attention to professional presentation of credentials. E-mails sent from a user name like "FastCar" or "Sherlock" is a strict no-no, says Management Recruitment International, a staffing-service firm. Domain name matters, too. Using an AOL, Hotmail, or Juno account indicates the candidate probably isn't using an office e-mail account for personal business.

Other tips: Ensure that the resume is in a format friendly to most browsers, and send the document in both text form and as an attachment, prefaced by a brief cover letter. Also, include your name and the position you're interested in on the e-mail's subject line to distinguish your resume from others submitted.

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