As the summer approaches (or even scarier, graduation), we all realize that the dreaded task awaits... finding a job. But DO NOT FEAR, we are here to help. UGMS is here to help relieve this job application stress. This blog will focus on tips and tricks for writing a cover letter and resume to land you that dream position.
As for the cover letter, here is a list of 5 tips to get you noticed and land you an interview.
1. Match up the qualifications to your skill set.
Before you start, make a list of the job qualifications and a list of your skills that corresponds with them. By doing this, you ensure you cover everything the employer is looking for.
2. Make it personal.
Specifically identify whom to you are writing. The general “To whom it may concern” tends to be overused and appears that you did not research into the particular position.
3. Be clear and concise.
Chances are that there are many people applying to the same position. Hence, the hiring team does not have a lot of time to devote to reading your cover letter. By making it clear and concise, you convey exactly what you need to without all of the fluff.
4. Insert your personality.
An employer wants to know who you are, what type of person they will be working with, and how you differentiate yourself. You’re pretty darn special, don’t be afraid to show it.
5. End it with a call to action.
Do you want them to call you? Say so. HOWEVER, an even better approach is to tell them that you will follow up with them (in a courteous, professional manner). This portrays confidence and initiative and will differentiate you from the other cover letters in the pile.
Bonus tip: Add a table to your cover letter. This makes it more aesthetically pleasing, makes it stand out, and increases readability. For example, on one side of the table put the qualifications for the position, then briefly summarize your corresponding skills or experience on the other.
- Paige Mersereau
Here are a few helpful tips to ensure that you hand in your best resume yet:
1. To begin, it is vital to avoid any fancy fonts, and special effects. You can never go wrong with the classic Times New Roman 12pt font. If you are going to put your titles in bold, it is important to be consistent and ensure that everything looks the same.
2. Make sure that your name, phone number, and email address is on the top of your page. If your resume is two pages, ensure that this information is on the header of both pages.
3. Next up, be sure to place your education, work experiences, volunteer experiences, and extra curricular activities all in chronological order.
4. When listing previous work experiences, state the complete name of the company you are currently working for or have worked for, how long you were there, and the position in which you worked.
5. It is always a great idea to not only explain the job description but rather the accomplishments and skills you have gained from that specific work experience. For example, if you had to make several presentations, you could state that you “strengthened your public speaking abilities by presenting in front of executive positions and coworkers.”
6. Finally, it is important to cater your resume for the specific industry. That being said, there are probably many experiences or skills that you may have that do not apply to the job in which you are applying for. It is crucial to go through your resume and remove what might not have as much importance.
And, there you have it! 6 tips that will help you create an incredible resume for this stressful yet exciting application time.
- Catherine Lacroix