By On Sep 29, 2018 Free Resume
When applying for a job, consider the employer’s standpoint. He or she wants to know “Why should we hire you?” A resume goes a long way towards answering this question, but it isn’t the only step. First, you have to encourage a recruiter to actually review your resume. This is the purpose of a cover letter. Assume that the potential employer will read your cover letter first and your resume second. The letter is an introduction to who you are and why you are the best fit for the position. Therefore, your letter offers a preview of your resume by providing a few of its highlights.
Always be sure to personalize and customize your resume so it reflects your skills and abilities and connects them with the jobs you are applying for. Your finished product should be a unique reflection of what you can bring to the job -- not a thinly revised downloadable template. It’s also a good idea to get into the habit of customizing your resume for every job application. Even if you’re applying for similar roles at different organizations, each employer will have its own requirements and priorities.
Review resume formats, and choose the best type of resume for your experience and the job to which you’re applying. For example, if your work experience is a good fit for the role, a chronological resume might be the best choice. On the other hand, if you’ve done a good deal of job hopping, or are looking for work while unemployed, a functional resume might be a better option, as it focuses on skills over linear employment history.
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