Make sure your resume attracts the attention it deserves. Remember, your resume is the first impression – Remember to
- Name, address, and contact information.
- Spell check
- Read, re-read, re-re-read -then proofread
- All information is current and accurate
- Include education and special training
Stand out from the crowd with these 5 tips:
The cover letter is usually the first thing the hiring manager sees and is one of the best tools to make a positive first impression. The following tips can help you make sure you convey the right messages:
USE ACTIVE LANGUAGE:
Choose words that convey action, place verbs at the beginning of sentences, and avoid passive language.
Grab employers’ attention by including your major accomplishments under each job description, not just a list of duties. Highlight industry education, or specialized training.
CUSTOMIZE YOUR RESUME FOR EACH POSITION:
Identify the skills, experience, and requirements each employer is looking for, and include them in your resume where applicable.
WRITE A CLEAR, CONCISE OBJECTIVE:
Target your objective statement to the specific position you’re applying by pointing out how your skills meet the requirements of the job. Avoid flowery, vague or overused language.
TAKE A BOLD APPROACH:
Attract employers’ attention with a great cover letter expressing your enthusiasm and professionalism.
Avoid being too wordy –make sure each sentence has a purpose.
Research the firm and the industry through the Internet, trade publications, and the library. Within the letter, demonstrate your knowledge of the field and the position’s requirements, and explain why your background meets the organization’s needs.
Instead, focus on key aspects of your background that relate directly to the job opportunity.
Address the letter to the person hiring for the position. Verify and double-check the spelling of the name and the person’s title.
Use short paragraphs.
A little extra effort goes a long way towards getting the attention you want. Soon enough, you’ll be well on your way to finding that dream job!
-Recruiter Guy with Hospitality ProSearch since 2000