Adding Supporting Documents to Your Resume While Applying – Here’s How

Adding Supporting Documents to Your Resume While Applying – Here’s How

When you apply for a job, your employer might be looking for something extra apart from the standard resume and cover letter. The extra documents are known as supporting documentation and can include a number of things such as scanned copies of certificates and letters of recommendation. While many employers leave the documentation part for the interview process, some of them may specify in the job description that they want to see them with the application.

Why they need the supporting documents

The employers are looking for these documents to confirm that you match their requirements precisely. There are many applicants who apply for a job even if they don’t match any criteria. To weed such candidates out and to save their time, the HR team sometimes asks for supporting documents. If you fail to attach the specific files with your application, your candidacy will be ignored.

How to submit the documents

If a school, college or a university asks you to attach the relevant documents, get your educational certificates and letters of recommendation scanned. Once scanned, they will be in JPG or PDF format. When you apply for a particular teaching position, attach the scanned files with it. It’s pretty simple. However, it gets difficult when you can’t locate your documents. If you can’t find the relevant documents, contact the organization—your school, college or university that issued them to you and you might be able to obtain duplicate copies.

Label them correctly

Name all your files correctly. Don’t send obscurely named files such as 112390.pdf. Make sure you write your name as well as the document name when sending. If you are sending a reference file, naming it Reference.pdf wouldn’t be such a good idea either because the HR team will get a number of reference files and your file can be mixed with the others. Opening each file to see whom it belongs to is a tedious process. So, again, make sure you mention your name in the file name as well so the HR team can quickly find it.  This will save them a lot of time and will go a long way to making sure you’re noticed, in s positive way even before your interview starts.

That’s it for now Busy Educator.

Until next time,

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