Should you attach a resume?

When sending an initial networking outreach – do you attach a resume?

I usually recommend not attaching a resume because individuals are less likely to open an email from an unknown source if  the email contains an attachment.  In addition, I find attaching a resume can send a mixed message – you want to initiate a networking conversation but you are attaching a resume for a job search.  If one is going to attach a resume, be upfront about it, “I recently applied for the XYZ job and would like to speak with you about the company culture.  To help you better understand my background, attached is a copy of the resume I used in my application.”

Thoughts or strategies?


About Kevin Monahan

I have 10+ years experience in coaching clients in their career management and career change efforts. Personal career consulting services combined with employer outreach to help find opportunities for both constituents.
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