We are dedicated in helping you create an effective resume and cover letter that will thrust you ahead of your competitors. As the world that we live in changes daily, so are the qualities of what prospective employers and recruiters require from their candidates. Not all resumes are the same. There are a lot of varying factors that contribute to the success of being handpicked as the winner against numerous applicants in any industry. We hope that as you go through the information in this site, your chances of landing the job will be exponentially increased.
There has been a drastic shift in the way resumes and cover letters are made. In the past three decades, schools taught students to detail out all the achievements and experiences that a person has gathered over the course of their career. However, this is a sure way of sending your profile into oblivion. With the speed hungry pace of life, the best approach now is to highlight the attributes, education and experience that you believe the company is looking for.
Which brings us to the next matter: should you put everything in your resume? Not necessarily, only the things that matter to the prospective company. Here are the tips that have helped countless of applicants land a job, in the hopes that you too can benefit from it. You will be surprised that it actually does not need to take countless sleepless nights in order to come up with that most desired and coveted resume. Feel free to browse all the samples that we have on all the current resumes here.
Essentials of a Resume
Your name and contact information.
Do not use an alias or a nickname. Make sure to use your full name and make your contact information as the the header of your resume. We have plenty of samples that you can glean from on how to have a good layout.
Special skills and qualifications.
Create a two column body featuring the skills and qualifications that you have to offer the company on why they want to hire you more than all the others. However, make sure to practice moderation as overdoing it would seem to diminish the appeal to the recruiter. Bullet points would attract attention and narrow down the eyes toward the skill you want to highlight.
Catalog your awards and achievements.
Numbers and data appeal to recruiters. This lets them know that you truly have been an asset to the companies that you worked for.
List your employment history. You might want to list near the end. Include the year of the period that you were employed, the name
of the company, your position or function and a brief description of what you contributed. Limit the description to two sentences. Or you might appear to be redundant.
Feature your education history. If the job prospect you have focuses more on educational achievements, then you might want to
highlight this portion at the beginning of your resume. However, for most of the time, they are place near the end. Include special seminars and conferences that you think might benefit your appeal.
List your volunteer experience and group associations you are part of. Most companies want to know what you do outside of work.
This gives them an overall feel of the contribution that you give to the community as a whole. Membership in professional groups also gives them an impression that you have a strong networking ability.
Only give references when requested. You do not need to provided this information just yet.
Normally, when applicants have already been informally notified that they are being considered for the job, the recruiter will request for at least three references.
- Use appropriate keywords. Many employers now find candidates’ résumés through search engines, which makes it more important for candidates to use appropriate keywords when writing a résumé. LinkedIn is probably the best known resume search engine and accounts for thousands of searches monthly by recruiters and employers.
The Cover Letter
Do you know that you only have ten seconds in order to get the attention of the recruiter?
This is where your cover letter comes in play. This one page letter is your key to getting the curiosity of your prospective employer and let them want to know more about you.
Similar to the cliché , “First Impressions Last”, a cover letter gives the recruiter a first impression about you. So it is okay to take time in creating this one piece of gem since it can actually make or break your possibilities.
Remember though that it should only complement and not be a substitute for your resume. Make it short but sweet, leaving the reader an eager desire to learn more about what you have to offer which would eventually them having that expectation of the same expertise that you have to present them once they have opened up your job application.
Use high quality off-white stock paper. There are professional stock paper specifically designed for resumes and cover letters that are being sold.
Do not staple your cover letter with your resume. Attach it loosely in front of your resume instead.
Do not fold your resume and cover letter. Instead, use a manila envelope to mail. Some stores provide a special envelop for your application package when you buy the customized stock paper.
In this world that we have full of the advancement of technology, it is not acceptable to address someone generally. It is important that you know the name of the recruiter, the hiring manager or the employer. Addressing them directly with their name is the norm and deviating from this would put anyone down to the totem pole.