Resume & Cover Letter Tips

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Resume Guidelines

Tips courtesy of  "The Damn Good Resume Guide"  By Yanna Parker


A resume is a self-marketing tool. It is designed with one goal in mind:

To get you a job interview!


Five Essential Parts:

  1. A clearly stated Job Objective- A resume always starts with a clearly stated Job Objective. Then it presents your skills, experience and accomplishments in terms of THAT current Job Objective.

  2. The Highlights of Qualifications or "soft skills"--show how you're well qualified for work in a totally new field.

  3. A presentation of directly Relevant Skills and Expertise--focuses attention on your strong points and accomplishments, demonstrating that you're a "pro" even if you've never been paid for what you do.

  4. A chronological Work History--minimizes the impact of times when you were unemployed or underemployed.

  5. A listing of relevant Education and Training.

What does a resume omit?

  • Detailed descriptions of non-relevant earlier jobs

  • Tiresome jargon like "interfaced" and responsibilities included"

  • Clutter of overly precise dates ( we simply say "1994-1999")

  • All personal information that's not relevant to the job ( age, marital status, height, weight, hobbies)

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Cover Letter Guidelines:

  • ADDRESS SOMEONE IN AUTHORITY  (who has the authority to hire you)

  • SHOW THAT YOU'VE DONE YOUR HOMEWORK (and you know about THEIR priorities & concerns)

  • CONVEY YOUR ENTHUSIASM AND COMMITMENT

  • BALANCE WARMTH AND PROFESSIONALISM

  • PRESENT SOMETHING UNIQUE ABOUT YOU

  • BE APPROPRIATE, YET STAND OUT

  • BE SPECIFIC ABOUT WHY YOU ARE WRITING

  • TAKE THE INITIATIVE ON THE NEXT STEP

  • REMAIN BRIEF AND FOCUSED


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