Helpful Tips for Resumes and Cover Letters (with Examples)

There was a time early in my career when I thought all I had to do was send out a bunch of resumes and cover letters, and wait for an employer to see just how wonderful an addition I’d be to their firm. Unfortunately, I learned the hard way that it doesn’t work that way.

But the good news is that a strong resume and cover letter, targeted to each job, can help you get an employer’s attention … and that interview.

Resume tips to help you get that interview

It’s not just an attractive resume that gets you the interview. Although appearance certainly does matter! Some articles to help you understand resumes better, including how employers view your resume and how write the best resume possible for yourself!

Tips for writing your resume

Although your actual experience is of course a key part of any resume, the way you present it can make all the difference. It’s not just about listing your jobs chronologically and peppering it with a few good action words. Here are some posts to help you learn the tricks for showcasing your experience in a way that gets noticed by employers:

♦   Resume Basics: What Do Employers Notice First on a Resume?
♦   How to Write a Strong Resume that Gets You Real Interviews
♦   Resume Tips: Quick and Easy Way To Review Your Own Resume
♦   How To Target Your Resume To Job You Are Applying For

 

♦   What Does a Good Resume Have In Common with a Job Description?
♦   How To Use a Resume Template To Write Your Resume
♦   Resume Builders: Are Free Resume Builders Really Free or Good?
♦   Resume Summary: What To Use Instead of a Job Objective

 

Making your resume work for you

After you learn the resume writing basics, take a moment to research some of the things that might be getting in your way – things you might not even realize could matter. Apart from a direct connection to the job, a strong resume is your best chance at getting to that first interview. Some posts to help give you the extra edge:

♦   Resume Problems: What to Do When a Resume Gets No Response
♦   Your Resume and Cover Letter Story Work Together To Get You the Job!
♦   Resume Tips: 5 Biggest (Not Obvious) Resume Mistakes You Can Make
♦   Finding the “Right” Words When Writing Your Resume

 

A few more articles that might just shed some light on what is NOT working for you so far – and what can help get you to that job you really want. Sometimes it can even be something that seems so small, and yet turns out so big … like a resume font:

♦   Is It OK to Lie Just a Little About Education on My Resume?
♦   Resume Rejected Again? Reasons Your Resume Might Not Be Working
♦   Resume Tips:  Is Your Resume Font Size Annoying Employers?
♦   Why Task-Based Job Descriptions Aren’t Helping Your Resume & What Can

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