Resume and Cover Letter Writing Tips (4)

 

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Resume Checkist

Did you know that a resume will only get less than a 15-second glance at the first screening?

If you don't make a good impression within those 15 seconds, it's straight to the "no pile". Before sending off a resume to an employer, be sure that ALL your answers are YES to the following questions: 

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10 tips for an Excellent Résumé New

10 tips for an Excellent Résumé

1. Résumé length

You may have heard that your résumé should fit on one page. This is nonsense. Recruiter or hiring managers don’t care if your résumé is one or two pages long. But they do care whether it is easy to read and gives key information upfront. Your résumé can be one, two, or (occasionally) even three pages. The only rule is that the length should be appropriate for you. If in doubt follow the (very general) rule of thumb that less than 5 years experience probably only requires one page and more than that may need two.

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10 Rules to follow when Writing a Cover Letter

 
What is a Cover Letter?
 
A cover letter is an introduction, a sales pitch, and a ­proposal for further action all in one. It gives the reader a taste of what’s to come–not by simply summarizing the resume, but by highlighting the aspects of your background that will be most relevant to the position. A cover letter also demonstrates that you can organize your thoughts and express yourself clearly and appropriately; in other words, it reflects your ­communication skills and, to some extent, your personality.
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