Make sure your resume isn’t hitting the trash can. Some employers see so many resumes that at times they decide to keep or reject a resume after only a quick glance. First impressions matter – and resumes are no exception. Here are some simple steps you can take to ensure your resume passes that first glance:
- Spelling: proofread, proofread, proofread, and have someone else proofread it too. Don’t rely on the software spellcheck.
- Address your cover letter to the hiring manager. Call to find out who this is. If in doubt, address it to Human Resources. Avoid using ‘To whom it may concern’.
- Get the company name right. It is surprising how many applicants misspell, or wrongly shorten a company name. This shows that little care or effort was made.
- Formatting: text that is too big or too small, a fancy font, or a bright colour make a resume very difficult to read. You want your resume to look professional, so stay away from funky embellishments.
- A cover letter should be 2-3 succinct paragraphs that explain why you are interested in the job and why you are the best candidate. Keep your message to the point and focused on your qualifications as they pertain to the job. Use the requirements listed in the job description as your guide for writing the cover letter.
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