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Customising your cover letter and resume

Customising your cover letter and resume

Preparing a cover letter and resume for a job application can take up a lot of time, but it’s an essential part of the job search process. Your cover letter and resume are the first impression you’ll make on a potential employer, so it’s important to make sure they’re both polished and professional and relevant to the job you’re applying for.

Here are some tips to help you prepare a great cover letter and resume for your next job application:

Customise your cover letter and resume: Make sure you tailor your cover letter and resume to the specific job you’re applying for. This can include highlighting relevant skills and experience, using industry-specific language, and addressing any specific requirements listed in the job posting.

Keep it concise: Your cover letter and resume should be easy to read and concise. Use bullet points and short paragraphs to break up the text and make it more visually appealing. Avoid long-winded explanations and unnecessary details.

Use keywords: Many companies use applicant tracking systems (ATS) to screen resumes, so it’s important to include relevant keywords in your resume that match the job description. This can help increase the chances of your resume being selected for review.

Summarise your work history: This should be on the first page, in an easy-to-read table. You can go back 10-20 years depending on how many jobs you’ve had, start with the most recent job first.

Job Title Company Dates Employed Industry
Recruitment Manager BP Sept 2016 to January 2023 White collar recruitment

Highlight your achievements: Instead of just listing your job duties, focus on your achievements and the impact you’ve had in your previous roles. Use numbers and data to quantify your accomplishments, and provide specific examples of how you’ve contributed to the success of your team or organisation.

Proofread: Before submitting your cover letter and resume, make sure you proofread them carefully for spelling and grammar errors. Ask a friend or family member to review them as well to catch any mistakes you may have missed.

Contact details: Make sure you include your contact details (phone number and email address )and make sure they are correct. When answering any unknown numbers, be sure to answer professionally as it could be your next employer.

Be professional: Make sure your cover letter and resume are both professional in tone and appearance. Use a clear and easy-to-read font, and avoid using slang or overly casual language.

Remember to take the time to customise your application, highlight your achievements, and proofread carefully to make sure your application stands out from the crowd. Good luck with your job search!

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