Does your Resume scream…READ ME!

On average, most employers will spend 30 seconds reading a resume and even less time on a cover letter. Which is why it’s important to capture their attention straight away to keep them reading. In general, a resume is your tool to sell yourself. A cover letter is your tool to sell yourself to a specific job – both should scream.. READ ME!

 How to write a cover letter

A cover letter is your opportunity to sell how you are exactly what they are looking for, even if an employer doesn’t ask for one it’s worth writing it just in case. You won’t get a second chance at a first impression and a cover letter will outline what unique things you can bring to a job.

It shows an employer that if you’re willing to put the time and effort into a cover letter, you’re interested in the job.

These steps are the basics of what you need to do to write a professional cover letter:

 

    Tips to sell yourself:

  1. Get creative

Skills will put you ahead of the pack, creativity will put you in a pack of your own. When an employer has to read hundreds or thousands or resumes, having one which stands out a bit will instantly grab their attention. Adding a splash of colour will make it stand out.

  1. Capture the core of who you are

Most employers value education, work experience and all the skills that make you a good employee. However, what is most important is to show skills which are useful in any job or field, like time management, problem solving and computer skills.

  1. Keep it focussed

Just like in a job interview, you don’t want to ramble on. Employers have limited time and a resume which gets straight to the point will be more appreciated than one which rambles on about anything irrelevant.

  1. Use a template

There are some amazing resume templates to suit any field. Some employers prefer creative resumes, others prefer standard ones. It all depends on the type of industry. However a good rule of thumb is to use a template that is easy for the eye to follow and doesn’t appear too busy. A good starting point for templates is Canva.

  1. Be consistent

Use the same formatting through the whole document. If you use bullet points in one section, use bullet points in the next. Always, always, always check for grammar and spelling mistakes.

All of this combined is designed to give you a good first impression with your employer. The more you can do that, the better the chances of finding work are.

Michael Barker

Pure Insights – Provisional Psychologist