I realize that, especially for beginners, finding new customers is difficult. So I am all in favor of your efforts to market your services by sending out your résumé.
However, I sometimes have the strange feeling that many of you don’t really send out résumés and applications to acquire new customers, but rather to collect rejections and silence – so as to be able to truthfully complain on ProZ and similar sites that you have sent out hundreds of résumés without any success.
If this is the real reason many of you send out your résumés, it would explain many otherwise puzzling facts:
- messages full of spelling horrors and other mistakes
- messages with attached a résumé in a file… but with no text at all in the body of the message
- messages sent without any indication of your language pair or specialization
- résumés that either hide, or sometimes actually don’t include, your language pair
All of that is either a sign of real ineptitude on your part, or a well-planned effort ideally designed not to acquire any new customer.
My suggestion: if you do want to find new customers, carefully review and edit your résumé (or rewrite it from scratch), and pay particular attention to write a cover message that is short, clear and to the point – with the aim of inducing the recipient to open your résumé and be dazzled by your expertise.
And, please, do your homework: address your message to a real person: “Dear Sir or Madam” message are directly filtered to my junk mail folder.
Best wishes of a more successful job search,