Resume and Cover Letter Tips

The average time a hiring manager will look at your resume is 6 seconds. This means your resume has to stand out from the crowd! Here are some Do's and Don'ts of creating a great resume.

  • Do keep your resume length appropriate to your experience. Your resume can be longer only if it has valuable information on it. (Do not fill the resume up to make it seem you are qualified for the job.)
  • Do use keywords. If you fit the description of the job posting, then make sure all the "keywords" and skills on the job description are listed on your resume.
  • Do update your resume often. You are constantly learning and gaining new skills. Make sure your resume reflects these.
  • Do tailor your resume to the specific job you want. Doing so will keep you organized, and it also shows hiring managers that you didn't just copy and paste the same resume over and over again.
  • Do check for spelling and grammar errors. This is your first chance to gain a competitive advantage, so make sure your resume is flawless.
  • Do have a someone else read over your resume for content and grammar. Innovar Recruiters are always happy to go over your resume with you.
  • Don't over do it. Your resume should highlight your skills and experience in as few words as possible. If your resume has too many words, the person reading it can get lost and may skip your resume all together.
  • Don't underestimate yourself. This is your time to shine. Highlight all of your achievements and skills.
  • Don't use only one format. Make sure to save your resume into different formats, (doc, pdf.), so it is compatible with the Recruiter's or Hiring Manager's software programs.

Need a resume but don't know where to start? Live Career has templates to get you started. As always, our Recruiters are here to help you with any resume questions you may have.

The Importance of a Cover Letter

Many times, Recruiters and Hiring Mangers read your cover letter before reading your resume. The cover letter should be your "elevator pitch." Tell them about you without repeating what is in your resume. Consider this your time to shine.
  • Your cover letter should be no more than a page.
  • Tailor your cover letter to the specific job you want.
  • Give an overview of your background.
  • State why you want this job.
  • Explain why you are qualified for the particular job.
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