I woke up with either a cold or allergies, but I’ve never had allergies before so I’m starting to think it is in fact a dreadful cold. I am quite literally a mouth-breather right now.
In any case…
A reader writes:
When applying for a job, should I provide supplemental materials such as sample writings, projects done, and/or transcripts when they are not asked for in the job description? I want to include one of my writing samples in the application, as the job I’m applying for asked for proficient written communication skills, but I’m afraid sometimes HR gets annoyed by extra materials.
Don’t provide stuff that isn’t asked for. They don’t want it at this stage, or they would have asked for it. (They know that they can request it when they’re ready for it, believe me.)
You can demonstrate strong writing in your cover letter. And as for transcripts, most sane people don’t care about them — and the ones who do will tell you. To the rest of us, it’ll just come across as a little naive and a little strange to offer them unsolicited.
A cover letter, a resume, and that’s it, unless they specifically ask for more.
That means, of course, that those two items need to be awesome. So please make them so.