Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Building a Better Resume and Cover Letter


Everyone knows that a good cover letter and resume can make or break your job search, but what exactly is a good resume? Vault Careers recently tackled this topic on their blog and presented six tips for building a better resume and cover letter:


1. Focus
The article suggests you “Trim the ‘experience’ fat" and focus on those parts of your background that are really relevant for the position for which you are applying.
2. Proof read
Don’t just look for spelling and grammar errors, but also for flow, clarity, and extra information.
3. Don't rely too heavily on 'copy and paste'
According to Vault, if your cover letter is generic enough to work for every job you apply to, it's too generic. So while you can copy and paste while designing your resume for each position for which you are applying, you should select only the parts of your resume that correspond to that position.
4. Stop repeating yourself
Think of your cover letter as an introduction to your resume, not a re-listing of your experience.
5. Use bullet points if…
You have points that are strong enough to make. Vault explains that bullet points provide structure and immediacy, and help display the information in a succinct and direct way.
6. Use structure
Write your cover letter so that it reads like a good story. Use an Opening, Body, and Closing.

Click here to read more tips from the article.

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