A resumé is a short one-page, no more than two-page summary of your job qualifications. It identifies you, how you communicate and present yourself, and what you can do for the company. A resumé is an important selling tool, and employers expect all applicants to have one. From an employer’s viewpoint, the resumé is a screening device, which helps the employer to select the best applicants to interview. For you, it’s a self-promotional document that presents you in the best possible light, for the purpose of getting that job interview.
A resumé is not just about past jobs, it’s about YOU. It’s about how you’ve performed and what you accomplished in those past jobs. It should look sharp, attractive, and get the attention of the employer. A good resumé predicts how you might perform in that desired future job. Preparing an organized and well-written resumé may open the door to a job opportunity, but your interview with the employer will determine whether or not you will be hired.
- Be sure your resume is clear, concise, up-to-date, and factual.
- Use bold or italics or bullets to highlight areas of your resumé. A brief, well-written resumé takes time to prepare.
- Check for correct and consistent spelling, punctuation, and grammar
- Have someone review your resumé before sending it out to make sure that the information is easy to understand and free of errors.
- Center or justify headings and avoid abbreviations.
- Type resumé neatly and error-free on white or lightly colored high quality paper.
- When you make copies, make sure copies are clear, readable, and free of smudges.
The cover letter introduces you to the employer and describes your interest in the company. It should interest the employer into hiring you. Every resumé that is sent out should have a cover letter. A well-written cover letter, backed by a resume, is your chance to introduce yourself to a prospective employer. It gives you the opportunity to share your qualifications and state how you might benefit their business.
The letter should:
- Cover how you learned about the position & how your qualifications meet the needs of the company.
- Demonstrate your knowledge of the company and its industry. Learn as much as possible about the company before sending your letter.
- Use descriptive action words.
- Express enthusiasm but keep your letter short.
- Be limited to a single typed page.
- Be brief, easy to read and understand.
- Be different for each employer
- Follow a business letter format. Pay attention to grammar and spelling.
- End by stating when you will call to follow up.
- Be an original letter. Always keep a copy for future reference