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Résumés and Cover Letters

1.   Eight Important Traits That a Résumé Just Can't Illustrate
Business Insider. November 21, 2011

Traditional résumé are the current primary resource used during job searches and potential employee candidate reviews; traditional résumés cannot provide a complete picture. While it is hard to put some “flavor” into a Résumé, try to bring it out in your cover letter and your interview.

Organizations, businesses and companies are only as good as the people that work for them. There are certain traits that are essential, but not found on a Résumé. Picking the perfect candidate is difficult on paper.

Résumés don’t show:

  1. People Skills
  2. Grace Under Pressure
  3. Integrity & Moral Fiber
  4. Work Ethic
  5. Charisma
  6. Ambition
  7. Leadership Ability
  8. Positive Attitudes

These are the traits that should be emphasized in the cover letter and interview.


2.   Pack your resume for success:
Catch an employer’s eye with dynamic text

Author: Debra Auerbach, Writer and blogger:
May 20, 2012

On average, human resource managers spend less than one minute reviewing an application.

Here are six tips from career coaches, recruiters and professional resume writers:

  1. Count on keywords – An applicant tracking system is often used to screen applicants’ online resumes. Work the system by integrating keywords from the job description into your resume.
  2. Move from ‘objective’ to ‘professional summary’ – Professional summaries is the new approach to generic job objectives. Use this summary to highlight your best assets and positions that are related to the type of job being sought.
  3. Emphasize qualifications and accomplishments – Employers want to know if your work accomplished something, or brought in revenue. Use the acronym SAR (Situation, Action, Results) to organize your accomplishments. Clearly spell out the results in the order of SAR to show that you are results-driven.
  4. Include relevant extracurricular activities – Including hobbies or volunteering positions helps you stand out. This will give employers a look at your personality outside of work. You should try to include things relevant to the position you are seeking.
  5. Don’t over-pack it with content – Only include information that is relevant to the job, and limit wording to show you are purposeful. If resumes include unnecessary details, the attention of the employer might be lost.
  6. Integrate technology – Including links to relevant social media profiles shows employers what you can bring to the company. Multidimensional resumes are easy to share on-line.

    For example, on-line blogs, virtual resumes, on-line portfolios et al.

3.   Error-free resumes, cover letters a must
Author: Debra Auerbach, Writer and blogger:
October 23, 2011

45% of hiring managers spend less than a minute reviewing resumes and applications.

76% of employers state that finding one or two spelling or grammar errors takes an applicant out of the running.

Critical writing tips:

  1. Do not rely on your spell checker – It doesn’t always catch grammar mistakes or misspelled names.
  2. Avoid writing a weak thank-you letter – When you complete your resume, your efforts should not end. Be consistent with grammar and spelling in the cover letter and follow up thank you letter.
  3. Put effort into customizing – Managers can tell when documents have been copied and pasted together. Be sure to proof and make the pasted section flow with the new letter.
  4. Be open to peer proofreaders – If you are the author you are prone to overlook mistakes. Ask friends and family members for their input and proofing- if they don’t think it sounds right, others might think the same.
  5. Revising – Take a break from the document after every revision. This will give you a chance to clear your head.
  6. Make it easy on the eyes – If there is no white space then you have put too much onto the document. Shorten your descriptions and play with the formatting.