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A position opened up at a local branch of a large biotech company based in CA. I plan on applying for a research position but I am so out of the loop on this process as it relates to larger companies. I have only dealt with small, informal companies/businesses where my resume wasn't one out of a hundred.<br><br>
The job opp. says to submit resume. Should I only submit this or include cover letter/LO intent? I spoke with an operator and she said to send in my resume and call to check up. This was the only info I got - she wouldn't let me speak to HR.<br><br>
any tips? tricks? I really really want this job. I am qualified for it but I'm treading unfamiliar waters. This could open up a new lifetime of possibilities for us, I just need to get my foot in the door.<br><br>
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Follow their process to the letter is my best advice. Big companies have strict processes to handle volume and many have federally required tracking so anything outside that system can easily get the boot.<br><br>
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One key is using the right keywords. Many larger companies now use software to scan resumes and choose the best candidates. If yours doesn't have the "right" words in it, then it won't come up as a good match. Try to use as many variations as possible for whatever the key words are for the position. It helps even if they use people in HR to screen since they're not going to be familiar with every single position and job description. They're using the information they have available.
 

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So when they say to send a resume, I <i>just</i> send the resume? They want me to reference the job code - do I put this on the resume? where? They give an email and snail mail addy for submission. Should I send both?<br><br>
sorry so many ?'s - I really want to do this right <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I would always send a cover letter, which would just need to be the body of your email if you email it. On email vs. snail mail, I think that's preference. If they give you both, then I'd imagine either is okay. In my field, there's usually a directive one way or the other. The biggest thing with email is to make sure you send your resume in a highly-compatible format.
 

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compatibel as in .doc or .txt or Word or ?
 
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