Crafting Your Resume and Cover Letter
Proper paperwork will smooth your ride to a new opportunity.
The purpose of the cover letter and resume is to stimulate an employer to proceed to the next step of the hiring process, usually a telephone or personal interview. You need to convey enough relevant and successful background, as well as good reason for your interest, for an employer to recognize your potential value to the company. However, presenting lengthy documents will make it difficult for an employer to evaluate your experience and goals and might provide additional information that could disqualify you.
Maintain a template cover letter you can customize for each job application once you have researched the specific company and position. Below are possible items for your cover letter (half-page length is ideal):
Your resume will initially get a 30-second look, so first impressions are critical in obtaining
a more in-depth evaluation. You often will be competing with dozens of candidates, so your resume needs to stand out. Although resume writing is an art, you still need to employ acceptable resume-writing techniques to increase odds of a positive response. Below are general rules for resume writing:
Below are common resume headings:
Skill Summary/Job Objective
Memberships, Extracurricular & Volunteer Work
Although face-to-face interviewing is ultimately what gets you hired, the resume is often crucial in getting you to that point. Most professional hiring involves careful screening of a resume before the personal interview.
Tune up your resume for a smoother ride to a new opportunity.
Ken Pelczarski is owner and founder of Pelichem Associates, a Chicago-based search firm established in 1985 and specializing in the lubricants industry. You can reach Ken at (630) 960-1940 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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