Drawbacks of submitting a cover letter/resume through post mail?

Happy Monday huttle!

I've already applied online to a job posting but if I were to also mail a resume with an accompanying cover letter addressed directly to the hiring manager of an open role, would that be a better chance to reach the hiring manager? (Considering there are a ton of applicant resumes piling up already)

I'm hoping to set myself apart from other applicants for a paid internship in a role that I am really interested in and a career path that I'm trying to transition into and learn a lot from.

I'm planning to send my material via UPS/fed ex priority Mail. Before I send it out, are there any reasons not to do so?

Would it be detrimental to my chances for the opening?


Thanks Chris!!

I was planning to send priority, so it gets there 1-2 days, one state away.

I guess to rephrase my question, what are the negatives of doing this? Is there anything that works against me? Can this hurt me, is what I'm essentially asking.

It seems that at worst that it doesn't get read/doesn't reach the hiring manager.

I understand I could use my time more effectively, but would it really hurt to give it a shot?

Anyone care to play devil's advocate and tell me the top reasons this can backfire and actually do more harm than good?

I don't think it would hurt you, but more importantly I'm not sure how mailing your resume and cover letter would help you stand out. There are simply better things to try to break through. Agree with Chris that trying to get an informational interview, an introduction through your network, or even sending the recruiter or hiring manager a personal note on LinkedIn would be better immediate next steps. Aside from just your resume and cover letter, do you have anything else you could mail, like your portfolio? That might be interesting, but it all depends on your line of work.

Sometimes mailing something creative can help you stand out, but I've only seen this really play well after an interview. A candidate once sent me and my team donuts on National Donut Day, along with a hand written thank you note. We didn't end up hiring the person for other reasons, but I remember thinking it was really clever!

Thanks Michelle!! Yes, totally agree with you and Chris that possibly asking for an informational interview would be best in most situations. Also, unfortunately, i've looked at my connections and haven't found common links.

This was not really 'standing out' in a very impressive way, but more of doing something that disrupts the normal flow of the application process.

I guess i'm trying to do just enough to get noticed/get past the gatekeepers (recruiters/computer application system) and directly into the hands of the hiring manager to give him enough pause to take a longer look at my cover letter. i'm really banking on my cover letter to set me apart, as i'm very confident in its content/delivery

I believe it may build just enough curiosity to possibly be added to the list of screened applications/resumes. Not in the 'blowing away' kind of stand out, but the 'hmmmmm there was only 1 applicant that went out of his way to send this by mail.... interesting' kind of stand out

I guess my thinking that hand sent materials are more refreshing because it's so uncommon these days.

Thank you both for the input! I'm still planning to send it by fedex, but i will be thinking of possibly adding extra material if it is relevant. and ill be sure to be more creative in my approaches going forward

I like your thinking! You've thought this through. Will you come back and let us know if you hear back from making this move? Good luck!!


**Is there a way to transform the closing into an learning/informational interview for future similar openings?**

Yes! If you can reach out to the hiring manager or anyone on the talent team, emailing them for an informational interview or offering to buy a cup of coffee would be a good way to turn this into a win.

Also, I think the one thing to takeaway from this experience is that speed is everything. When you're job hunting, invest all your time in improving your cover letter and resume, and make sure you're applying within a few days (or better yet, hours) of the job post going live. Like you said, you want to stand out in your job application and having a personalized and polished application within a few days/hours of the job post is very impressive.

yep, lesson learned. i also applied online within 2 weeks of this job posting, but I'll be sharper with job postings (subscribing to notifications) and keeping a fresh/relevant resume saved for quick submission.

thanks chris! i'll reach out to the hiring manager about a possible informational interview/coffee

More often than not, I would advise against a mailed in resume. It will take a really long time to get there, and most hiring managers have so many resumes to review from the Talent team from whatever online portal they use that they likely won't have time to review your mail submitted resume assuming it even gets there in time.

Perhaps a better use of your time might be to schedule an informational interview with the hiring manager to make an in-person connection or work through your network to see if someone can make an introduction on your behalf.