Resume And Cover Letter Tips
When you are looking for a new job
opportunity the first thing that a prospective employer sees is
your resume and cover letter. Given the volume of applicants in
today's competitive job market your resume and cover letter can be
scanned over in as little as thirty seconds so you need to make an
impact. Here are some resume and cover letter tips to help you be
more successful in your chosen career.
Firstly the layout is important.
Your resume should be no more than two sides and there should be
sufficient white space on the page so that the type is clear. You
should avoid using any quirky fonts and colors and make sure that
if you are posting out the resume the paper is white. Colored
paper looks unprofessional. If you are sending it by email you
should make sure that the electronic format is compatible with
When writing the resume you
should have clear headings and it should be well organized. Your
name and contact details should be at the top. It is usual to
begin with your most recent employment history and set this out in
chronological order. If there are any gaps in this then you should
be able to account for them. Bullet points are a good way to
organize information and keep it concise.
List your education and any
relevant voluntary work that you may have done that is relevant to
the job. There is no point in talking in great depth about a
fashion retail position you did ten years ago if the position you
are applying for is as an accountant. You need to keep it concise
and keep it relevant.
It is fine to include your
interests on the resume, but again keep it brief. A prospective
employer will not want a paragraph about your travels around the
world, but will be interested that you enjoy traveling,
particularly if the job is related to travel or world affairs in
some way. The important thing is to tailor your resume and
experience to the needs of the job.
The cover letter should take the
key duties that the job requires and show how you can meet those
needs. You should begin by introducing yourself and explaining how
your skills match the requirements. It is also very appealing to
employers if you say something about the company. After all you
want to work there and they will want to know that you have done
your research about the business and you have an interest in it.
The cover letter should not be
too lengthy. It is a concise way of introducing yourself and
explaining how you meet their needs, but you will be able to
expand on things in the interview. Think of the cover letter as an
overview of your skills. An employer will make a snap decision of
whether to interview you based on how you project yourself in the
If you follow these resume and
cover letter writing tips then your application will be much more
professional and you will be attractive to prospective employers.
Remember this is the first step to getting the interview so your
resume and cover letter need to have impact and make you stand out
from the other candidates. Follow these simple steps and it will
make a difference