In the job market today, it is very imperative that one has both a cover letter and resume that stand out among the rest. Employers are constantly being swarmed with resumes, so what makes yours any different from the rest? For post graduates, resume writing might be a more frustrating task due to the lack of work experiences within the career field. Here are some quick Do’s and Don’ts!
- DO write a cover letter. Cover letters are a very important variable within the job application process. A cover letter should be an introduction in which you comment on your experiences and skills in a more detailed manner than on your resume. It should capture your personality. A cover letter is also a chance for post grads to comment on their academic achievements as well as the experience gained within their undergrad. Employers forget that internships and coursework are legit experience.
- DO grab attention. The design on your resume matters from the layout to the font size. You want your name to stand out, so make sure it is the first thing seen on your resume as well as typed in a bigger and bolder font. If something looks appealing, it will more than likely get read. It is human nature to lean more toward what we find attractive.
- DO get to the point! Employers only want relevant information. They don’t need to waste time reading about things that have nothing to do with the job position they are seeking someone for. Using bullet points is a good way to not only get to the point, but maintain organization.
- DO proof read! Just because Microsoft Word can do a spell and grammar check does not mean that there aren’t mistakes. Always proof read more than once. Not only will you check for mistakes, but you’ll also read how the employer will be reading your resume. The way things are worded is very important.
- DON’T be generic. Tailor your resume and cover letter with each employer and job opportunity in order to highlight why you are right for that specific job.
- DON’T lie! Honesty is the best policy. Some employers will fact-check. You could be their choice until they stumble upon a lie.
- DON’T be long. Make your resume short and sweet. Get to the point in the shortest length possible. The shorter, the better.
- DON’T write an objective. Objectives are not necessary. Instead of summing up in a short sentence what your objective is, let it come out through your resume as a whole by tailoring it to the position you want.
For all the post grads, don’t be afraid to sell yourself with the experience you gained from school. It counts for something. Use all resources available to you. Word 2007 has templates already designed per industry, including a “college grad” template. Look around you and you shall find!