Your resume and cover letter are some of your most important selling tools. They’re not just about getting you an interview: they’re also about standing out from the crowd, and giving your prospective employer a reason to take you seriously.
By following these tips, you can make sure that your application is as good as it can be and set yourself apart from the competition.
How Does A Resume Help You Get The Job?
The resume is a human-readable summary of your skills, experience, and qualifications. It shows the reader what you can do for them, and why you’re the perfect fit for their company.
It can be tempting to be overly modest when writing your resume. But remember: this document should show that you have all of the skills necessary to do the job well.
You want it to show that you are qualified enough for them to bring you on board full-time or part-time (and if they hire someone else instead of you which is possible maybe they’ll recommend your services). You want them thinking “I wish we could hire more people like.
What Does A Cover Letter Look Like?
A cover letter is a document that accompanies your resume. It’s not just an introduction to your qualifications, but also an opportunity to show why you are the best candidate for the position.
Your cover letter should be professional in tone and style, addressing all the same points as your resume, but with more detail. The length of this document depends on how much information needs to be included about yourself and your experience relevant to the position for which you’re applying.
Generally, however, keeping it under one page any longer than that may be considered unprofessional or just too long! Keep in mind that there are many different types of cover letters out there; if you’re unsure about what yours should look like or say, check out some examples online (or ask someone else).
How Do You Write A First Cover Letter?
Introduction: Start by introducing yourself and mentioning the position you are applying for. This should be clear from the letter heading, but still, make sure you don’t miss it.
Why You Are Writing: Explain why you are writing this type of cover letter, whether it is because you have found a job listing or because a friend or colleague referred them to your application. If there is a particular reason why they should hire someone like themselves as opposed to others, mention it here as well!
What You Want To Achieve: Give some details on what kind of position or department would suit them best so that they can decide whether or not it would be beneficial for them too! Don’t just tell them about what benefits they can get from hiring an intern; explain how this will benefit both parties involved for them to see how good an idea it is!
When Should I Send A Resume And Cover Letter?
There are two times when you should send your resume and cover letter:
As soon as possible after applying for a job. If you don’t have time to review your resume or cover letter before submitting it on the company’s website, do at least make sure that they’re clear and professional looking.
When invited to an interview by the employer or recruiter (which doesn’t mean that you have been offered a position; it only means they want to meet with you).
This is another good reason why it’s important not to delay sending either document you want them to review right away so that if anything is missing or unclear, they can tell you before making any final hiring decisions!
What To Put In Your Resume And Cover Letter
You’re going to have to fill a lot of space with information. Here are the basics:
Name, address, email address, phone number. This is only necessary if you want someone who wants to hire you to contact you. If not, leave this section blank!
Education if it’s relevant and shows that you’re qualified for the job(s). Include dates when possible so potential employers can see how long it took you to complete each degree and/or certificate program.
If your education isn’t relevant but something else in your resume is (like work experience), then indicate that there are no degrees/credentials but include a brief description of what makes up for lacking formal training in an industry-applicable field (for example: “I’ve been self-taught for over ten years.”).
That way prospective employers know that even though they don’t have a degree from a university or college program related directly back to their current career field of choice (i.e., journalism),
They still possess valuable skills through other means such as books/magazines read cover-to-cover each month rather than just skimming over briefly on social media sites like Facebook where most people post articles related to topics within their interests
As well as other parts online such as Twitter feeds which also provide similar information within different formats too!
What Not To Put Into Your Resume And Cover Letter
There are several things you should not include in your resume or cover letter.
Your salary history. It’s important to be flexible about money, and the company should know that you can do the job before they commit to paying a certain amount of money. You don’t want them thinking that if they don’t agree to pay at least what you were earning previously, you won’t accept the position.
Your age or marital status. If a potential employer asks how old you are, they will most likely ask it as part of an interview question anyway so that they can determine whether there is any reason why they shouldn’t hire someone with gray hair (i.e., their hair).
Similarly, it’s inappropriate for them to ask about your marital status or if any children will be needing care while both parents work full time during business hours on weekdays when childcare availability is scarce (or expensive).
This information does not belong on either document because it doesn’t relate directly back to how well candidates meet requirements like education level or previous experience levels needed for this particular job opening
Rather these questions serve no purpose other than making sure we’re all “on equal footing” which would never happen there’s always something about someone else’s life experiences that sets them apart from us no matter how similar our backgrounds may appear outwardly!
How Do You Proofread Your Resume And Cover Letter?
For your resume, you can use the spell check feature on a word processing program. It won’t catch everything, but it will catch some errors.
For your cover letter, ask a friend or family member to review it for you.
Make sure you go through both documents with a fine-toothed comb and check for any errors in formatting and spelling. Check for missing information as well (such as dates or titles).
The Key To A Good Resume Is Standing Out
The key to a good resume is standing out. First, make sure that it is easy to read. Use bullet points to highlight key skills and accomplishments, and use a simple layout with no more than one page.
Make sure that the font you use is professional-looking, easy to read on paper or screen, and at least 10 pt size (or whatever the standard size for your industry is). It’s also important not to use too many different fonts or colors that could be distracting from what matters most – your experience!
What’s The Best Format For My Resume? Should It Be Pdf Or Word File Format?
When you are writing a resume, it is always good to save the file as a Word document first. This way, you can edit the file easily and make sure that it looks exactly how you want it to look before sending out your resume. Once you have done this, then send the Word document as an attachment in an email with an additional PDF version attached.
This way, if there are any formatting issues with different email programs or mobile devices such as IOS or Android phones and tablets (which often have trouble opening up a Word document), then employers will still be able to read your application without any problems and see what makes you unique from other applicants.
How Many Pages Should My Resume Be?
There is no right or wrong way to go about this question. A good rule of thumb for resume length is to keep it short no more than 2 pages, even if you have 10+ years of experience. If you have less than 10 years of experience, try to stick with one page. If you have a lot of experience (more than 10 years), then two pages could work well for you.
Are There Any Rules For Using Italics On The CV?
If you are applying for a job, then your CV should be in Times New Roman font, with no italics. If you’re writing something else like a book, movie, or anything else where the title is important, then use italics. Also, use them when talking about someone’s name or business name.
For example: “The Chicago Tribune is an American newspaper.” The Chicago Tribune is an American newspaper.” You also could use it if you want to emphasize something like “I won $500” but that’s more likely to get noticed as strange than helpful
Why Should I Make A Career Summary Section On My Resume?
A career summary section is a way to tell the employer what you are looking for in a job. You can use it to highlight your skills and experience, or even include some of your accomplishments.
The career summary section should be short; 3-4 sentences are enough in most cases. It should also be at the top of your resume, so it’s one of the first things that an employer sees when they view your resume on a computer screen.
Because it’s so important to include this section on your resume, we recommend using Times New Roman font at 12pt size as well as italicizing any text in quotes (such as “I am looking for” or “I have”).
Can I Use Color On My CV Or Not?
You should also be careful not to use too much color or images on your CV. A cover letter, on the other hand, is where you can include what makes you different from others in the application pool. You can also use bold and italics sparingly (but don’t overdo it).
Where Should I Print Out My CV?
There are a few things to consider when printing out your CV. If you decide to go the digital route, it’s important not to print it on paper that is too thin or too thick.
A document printed on flimsy paper will be difficult for employers or recruiters to read, and one printed on heavy card stock may cause a problem if it interferes with the scanner used by the company to which you’re applying.
Next, there’s size: make sure that your CV fits nicely within an A4 page (210mm x 297mm). This makes it easier for companies and recruiters to store copies of all their applicants’ CVs in one place and also helps them avoid having stacks of papers taking up space around their office!
Additionally, printing multiple copies can help increase your chances of getting hired: some employers may have hundreds of applicants for each position
However, unless they’re hiring someone who has never applied before (or has applied unsuccessfully several times), most won’t take serious consideration of anyone who hasn’t met their requirements until after reading their cover letter and resume.
How Should I Fold My CV When I Print It Out To Carry It With Me During The Interview Day?
If you are in a rush, fold the CV vertically in half.
Then fold it horizontally.
Then fold it into thirds.
Then fold it into fourths (folding each section of the first three folds together).
Or for extra security, try folding it lengthwise into eighths or sixteenths (this is when you would end up with a nice little booklet for easy transportation).
Finally, if that isn’t enough for you and your sense of orderliness won’t rest until everything is perfectly organized and neat, why not just go all out and make sure everything has its proper place? Try folding thirty seconds times over on themselves so that they can fit into any space no matter how small!
Your Cover Letter And Resume Are Some Of Your Most Important Selling Tools
Your cover letter and resume are two of the most important tools in your job search arsenal. These documents are often the first impression you will make on a potential employer, so they must communicate what kind of person you are, what skills and experience you have, and how those qualities can help your organization.
Your cover letter tells the hiring manager why they should meet with you in person; it becomes part of your sales pitch to them.
Your resume provides information on your past achievements, educational background, and professional skills but it doesn’t tell your story nearly as well as a carefully crafted cover letter does.
We hope that this blog post has helped you to understand how to write and how important it is for your job search.