You cannot get your dream job offer with a resume and cover letter that are both hard to read and unprofessional. Your resume and cover letter is your first impression to the company. Use the following tips in order to make sure that your resume and cover letter lands on a desk and not in the trashcan!
- Make sure to use a professional font that is easy to read.
- Customize your resume for the specific position.
- Include your contact information.
- Proofread your resume.
- Do not include high school experience if you are currently a college student.
- Should only be 1-2 pages.
- List all leadership experience and include action verbs.
- Add in figures and statistics.
- Do not change your verb tense throughout your resume.
- Use the summary section on your resume section to show the company that you meet their minimum qualifications for the position.
- Keep your cover letter to one page with three to four paragraphs.
- Address your cover letter to a specific person in the company.
- Proofread. Proofread. Proofread.
- Use your cover letter to explain what your resume does not. Who am I? Why am I perfect for this company and this position? What are my career goals?
- Use the same format and design for the headers of your resume and cover letter.
- Make sure to state the position that you are applying for.
- Do not use jargon or slang.
- For creative positions, make your cover letter creative in order to get their attention.
- Show that you have done research on the specific company and that they need you to work for them.
- Let your personality shine though to differentiate your cover letter from others.
If you are having troubles creating your resume or cover letter, Pinterest and Canva have many templates available. Make use of the career services on your college campus or consult a friend with professional experience. This will ensure you are doing everything you can to make a unique resume and/or cover letter that will get you hired!