Cover letter is the first communication between you and your potential employer, but it is not simply a letter of introduction. A good cover letter shows your ability to communicate, a skill that is sought by nearly all employers. Like they say “ First impression is the last impression” and if your cover letter don’t make them interested in you in first place then there is very high chance that your resume won’t make much impact either.So it is very important that you spend time crafting a letter that will make an employer take notice.
You can create a professionally looking cover letter by following these simple guidelines:
Cover Letter Template
Applicant’s address and contact information(telephone number and email address)
Contact person’s name(optional)
Company name and address
Dear HR Manager
Enclosures: resume etc.
Finally some last minute check before sending the letter:
Ok! so now you know what not to write in ur résumé, we can actually start writing the résumé. I have explained writing every major portion in separate steps as follows:
Basics. Résumé should start with your name, contact address, telephone number and email address. Make sure all your information is accurate and up-to-date.
Job Objective. Always include your job object and don’t exceed it to more then 6-7 words.
Education History and Work experience. If you are a fresh grad just out of college then include your education history first followed by your summer work/internship or some part time job you might have done. Clearly state the problem, the part you played in that project and your achievements.
If you are shifting job with lots of past experience its better to begin with latest work experience first date-to-date and then education history can follow. About 10-12 years of experience is enough for this section.
Technical skills. Though sometimes it is considered optional to write technical skills, in my opinion it’s always good to include some job related skills. But don’t overload your resume by including every tool you have ever used.
References. This is really an optional part and you can omit if you are not confident about it. If some references are required you can always provide them later on.
That’s all. It wasn’t that hard, was it? Now that you have mastered the art of writing a impressive résumé here are some points to remember:
"Well begun is half done" - Aristotle
The key word is ’concise’. Résumé should not be more then couple of pages long. If its only one page, great! A typical HR guy receives hundreds of applications every week.
But how to make that five pages long résumé short? Everything looks so important. Keeping the following guidelines in mind while writing the résumé can significantly reduce the size without leaving anything important out: