One of the biggest drawbacks of potential candidates for a position is the way they present themselves. As they say, “You can’t polish a turd.” So do not present yourself as such, otherwise the Recruiter/Employer/Client will not waste their time trying to disprove the statement above.
Here are some tips to optimize presenting yourself on paper:
1. Choose an appropriate format
The typical formats are chronological, functional or combination and there are literally hundreds of templates available on MS Word or online. Find one that makes your specific attributes stand out in the way you want them to be presented. Keep in mind the reader’s attention span and how it will fade throughout the document so take advantage at the top, putting your strongest, most relevant and valuable skill sets first.
2. Stand out with a good heading and objective.
There is no one right way to do this, but there certainly is a wrong way. Grab the reader’s attention with a statement that shows why they need you, why they should hire you over the others, and why you are the right fit for the company and the job. Pay particular attention to the last part as this section should be tailored to the specific company and positions
3. Beef up your qualifications and experience.
Remember this: Justifiable, Quantifiable, Verifiable. If it cannot be justified as relevant for the job, it does not belong on your resume’. Quantify your achievements by adding any metrics you can to add weight to your statements. If a statement cannot be verified by a document or phone call…it should not be on there.
4. Don’t leave questions unanswered.
Complete your resume’ with your certificates, diplomas, etc. as an enclosure and also include your references – readers to not want to be burdened further with tracking you down to verify things or to get your references which you listed as ‘available upon request.’
Here is a very basic and easy to complete set of examples you can use as a start in order to develop a Cover Letter and Resume’. Let us know if you have any questions or if there is anything we can do for you.