Below is the cover letter from an resume I received by email this week:
**************Plan your next getaway with AOL Travel. Check out Today's Hot
5 Travel Deals!
( — Link to AOL Travel — )
This email wasn't spam. There was a resume attached and it was from a job seeker interested in an opportunity. Other than deleting the link, the text of the cover letter is complete, exactly as I received it.
This isn't really a cover letter. It's the signature that AOL automatically puts in every email sent out. It would not have taken much time to put in a message. At the least, the job seeker could have written something like this:
To whom it may concern,
Please accept my resume for consideration.
<Job Seeker's Name>
My version would be a bad cover letter, but significantly better than just an AOL Travel advertisement. What the job seeker sent was just terrible.
When I opened the email and saw an ad, my first reaction was to delete it. The one word subject, "Resume," caught my eye right before I hit delete. I realized this was actually a submission from a candidate and not spam. I very surprised that this didn't end up in my spam folder – it is just an ad. Somehow, it slipped through.
As I write this, I haven't decided if I'm going to open the resume. The "cover letter" has given me enough information to know whether I want to represent this candidate. Even if the resume looks good, I have to question the professionalism of a candidate that sends each resume with just a travel ad. If they aren't willing to spend a few seconds typing a short message, how committed are they to their job search and their career?
Bottom line: Make your resume submission a persuasive sales pitch for you – not for AOL.