If you’ve ever been required to complete a job application you know how limiting and one-dimensional they can be: employers name, how long you worked there, describe the functions of the job, reason for leaving. And the tiny boxes on application don’t leave a lot of room for anything beyond the basics. The information you are required to submit can be restricting and not allow for any expansion of expertise or strengths. A job application cannot accurately portray the value you could bring to a position. Because of these limitations some job applicants have chosen to submit a resume in addition to the requisite job application.
Job seekers may be under the assumption that because a job application is required a resume is not needed. However, tactical job seekers are disregarding this thought process and are submitting a resume in addition to their completed application. Just because you submit an application doesn’t mean you can’t also submit a resume. A resume can offer so much more insight into your background, qualifications, and experience than an application ever could.
I’ve recently worked with some job seekers that were pursuing positions that required them to submit an application. They also wanted to include a resume with the application and were wondering if that was acceptable. My recommendation to them was yes, they should also send their resume. I can’t imagine that including a resume would hurt a job seeker. In fact, I think it might give them an advantage over other applicants.
Sending a resume in addition to an application may have a variety of effects. Not only can it paint a broader picture of your career history by allowing you to include information that an application doesn’t cover but it can portray you as an exceptionally prepared and thorough candidate. Although a resume may not be required it could work in your favor; at the very least a hiring manager may give it enough of a look to determine that you surpass the other candidates.
I’m sure there are some that will argue against sending a resume and say that a job application may only allow basic information but that basic information is all a hiring manager needs to know for that position. I would disagree. Isn’t it better to be over prepared? And what about the chance that your resume could open the doors for alternate positions within the company you apply to?
The worst that could happen is your resume is thrown away and only the application is used to determine your qualifications. But the opportunity to impress them with your resume outweighs that possibility so I say do it!
by Megan Koehler