Resumes and cover letters are your first impressions on potential employers. Competitive profiles pique the interest of employers, while dull or improperly written pieces drive companies away. Below are some tips on how to convert your talent and skill into an eye-catching profile.
So what does a great resume consist of? Indeed.com- the leading search engine for jobs and internships- suggested these tips:
- Make sure to add keywords to your listing. Job postings usually list specific jobs and positions, so ensure that your resume fits their description!
- Review resume examples for your industry. Jobscan and LiveCareer compare your resume to thousands of samples, and even help you build one from scratch.
- Make it simple and easy to read. Clear and concise resumes provide ample details in an easy-to-digest format. Take into consideration font size and shape, in addition to paper formatting.
- Include only the most relevant information and put the most important information first. Add emphasis to important achievements and past employment.
Certain jobs will request a cover letter in addition to a resume. Like a resume, this letter shares why you think you are best fit for your desired position. The essay format also allows employers to take a glimpse into your writing proficiencies. The Balance Career Magazine recommends these tips for a stunning cover letter:
- Your cover letter should not be a carbon copy of your resume. Use this opportunity to expand on specific skills that make you perfect for the desired position.
- If applying for multiple jobs, write a custom cover letter for each job. customize your cover letter so it reflects your interest in the specific position and the company you’re applying to.
- Target each letter to fit the specific job. First look carefully at the job listing, then select two or three skills/experiences that the job requires that you know you have. Provide examples of times that you demonstrated each of those skills.
- Show your personality! Your cover letter should be professional, but overly formal language is not needed. Instead, use straightforward language and avoid cliched phrases.
- Check out templates and samples to help format your letter.