Resumes can be a daunting task and few people actually enjoy putting their resumes together, but it doesn’t have to be an anxiety-ridden experience. The most important thing is to remember what you’re doing; you’re showing your potential employer why you’d be such a good fit for the job!
If you’re applying for a specific position with Signature Staffing, a cover letter is a helpful thing to include. If you’re applying simply to join our team of candidates, a cover letter isn’t required, but it will help you stand out. After all, for many positions, the first thing a potential employer sees is not your resume but your cover letter. So make it good!
Spelling And Grammar
Spell-Check! Spell-Check! Spell-Check! Even if you’re the best possible candidate for a position, if your cover letter and resume read like you are texting, you’ll be finding yourself without an interview, much less the job. Make sure what you write is professional and grammatically correct. Run your resume and cover letter through spell-check, and even grammar-check, in your word processor. You can also ask friends or family members who are good at writing to proofread your resume and cover letter.
Learn from the Mistakes of Others
The Internet is an excellent resource to get ideas of where to start. You’re not alone and others have gone before you, so make sure you learn from their experiences, and in some cases, mistakes! You can also check out profiles on LinkedIn for some brainstorming on how to describe your accomplishments.
Half-Truths are exactly that; Half Truth! An unfortunate trend is exaggerating– or downright lying – on resumes and cover letters. Not only is this unethical but, unlike several years ago, most resumes today are checked for accuracy. Even if you don’t get caught in a lie during the application process, you can be let go when it finally catches up with you. Make your life simple and be honest.
Employers Don’t Want to see Gaps
Most of us have had that odd period where we’re between jobs. If you were in school or were doing an assortment of activities or volunteer work that applies to the work you want to do, be sure to include that on your resume. Most interviewers will ask about large gaps on your resume so make sure you’re prepared to answer.
And if you’re between jobs right now, don’t panic. Think about doing something in your community that relates to your career. Not only will you be keeping your skills sharp and building a better resume, you’ll be helping others and making connections with people that might help in your job search.
Explain What You Did and How You Succeeded
When writing your employment history, don’t simply use the job description. You’re a valuable asset to a company and hiring managers want to know why. Tell the employer not only what you did, but what you accomplished and how you were successful and why it benefited the company. The goal of your resume is to convince a potential employer that your skills and experiences can help them reach their goals. Make sure you don’t let this opportunity pass you by.