Tips on Writing a Powerful
Resume and Cover Letter
Whether you have a job or are prospecting one, its
crucial in today's job market that your resume and cover
letter are in ace shape, ready to go out the door at
all times. Have you kept yours up-to-date? Is a new
promotion or job omitted? Now's as good a time as any
to polish it up.
Here's a few tips on developing a spectacular, attention-grabbing
resume and cover letter:
Never spam send your resume to employers. Instead,
read each job description and requirement carefully,
fine-tuning and customizing your resume and cover
letter to the job at hand.
Use Action Verbs.
'Managed an 11-person team.' 'Cut project expenses
33 percent.' Action verbs at the beginning of the
sentence make a powerful impact on the reader. Get
rid of 'Was responsible for', as this is passive
language and sounds more like a chore than a thrilling
activity you were excited to take part in.
Everyone applying for the job will have basically
the same credentials. So don't re-list your job
description. Show what you accomplished above and
beyond it, like streamlining processes, improving
sales or creating manuals to assist people well
into the future. This'll help you stand out from
the crowd and shows you're a real go-getter - which
is exactly what employers want.
Address Common Questions.
Are you relocating to another state? Is the job
in a different field of specialization than the
ones you've previously held? Have you job-hopped
extensively? Positively Spin or embellish this issue
in your cover letter, so your prospective employer
isn't left assuming the worst.
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