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Cover Letter & Resume

Tips for Cover Letter and Resume Writing

Make the employer want to read your resume and arrange an interview!

It is so important to make your resume stand out, here are some tips for cover letter and resume writing.

The cover letter acts as a response and self-introduction to a position for which you are applying. It needs to highlight your strengths and identify why you have the ability for the position available. Remember this is your first contact with the potential employer so first impression is of high importance.

Key areas for cover letters:

  • Pay attention to detail: Address the letter correctly and confirm the recipient’s details and title. Always include your contact details.
  • Make sure it's relevant: Focus on your skills and experience relevant to the position that will increase your chance of an interview. Tailor each cover letter to suit the job and avoid the need for extraordinary statements.
  • Be concise: Make sure the cover letter is no longer than one page and no longer than one or two paragraphs for an e-mail.
  • Put on your grammar hat: Proof read very carefully and focus on the language, layout and substance of the cover letter.

A resume is a professional sales document of yourself

There is no perfect formula for writing a resume but there are key areas that need to be addressed. The substantive content needs to be clear, concise and up to date and you should tailor for the position you are targeting.

Employers will pay particular attention to your first page, which identifies your career summary, objectives and key skills. Therefore it is important to focus on selling your ability for the advertised position in this section.

Key areas for resumes:

  • It's all about listing: List your qualifications and education. For career history, list in chronological order identifying the employer, position held, period of employment, key responsibilities and reason for leaving.
  • Don't distract the reader: do not use graphics and unusual fonts as it can distract from the content. Your resume should be no longer than 5 pages.
  • Quality is key: Use a good printer and quality A4 paper.
  • Don't forget the attachments: Include all relevant educational certificates and work references.
  • Ask a friend: Have someone proof read your final copy for spelling and layout.