How to Write a Cover Letter and Resume

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How to Write a Professional Resume

Who would have imagined that crafting a resume would become an art of its own? In today’s continuously shifting job market, the wavy ocean of technology has manipulated, well, everything. Up until five to ten years ago, resume writing was anybody’s bread and butter; just list your work experience and summarize your history. Now days however, with complex algorithms and softwares managing nearly every employers database, hiring a professional resume service is only the first step in securing your next job.  


In the modern world, there are two ways to get a job. 1 - through networking (word of mouth, referrals, etc.) and 2 – through an online application. Both, however, require the submission of a resume, and usually a cover letter as well. The catch is (especially with an online application) that dozens, if not hundreds of resumes are submitted to the average application. Therefore, recruiters simply do not have the time to sit and scan each one - and this is where the disconnect occurs. Resumes are scanned for keywords by softwares and the ones that make it in front of the eyes of employers are those that match certain keywords, which are usually similar or identical to the respective job description. This is bad news for applicants, because they can have a stellar document with grammatical proofing, but lack the basic keywords that would make them a “match.”   


To be specific, another issue is within the content itself. Naturally, one would list their tasks and day-to-day duties to within their job descriptions, because that is what they do…right? Wrong. There is a key component often missing in resumes and cover letters, which are results. People hiring you want to know your achievements. Anyone can be a doer, but results prove that you bring value. Professional resume writers make sure to include not only strong action verbs to open up bullets, but also to highlight the key accomplishments and notable achievements. Using numbers is a strategic method, and is always encouraged to be kept specific as possible.    


Another crucial component to the equation are skills. LinkedIn has taken note of this and continuously implements this section into their platform. Most jobs entail a niche duty, which requires certain skills. Similar to implementing keywords, you must articulate this clearly in your resume. The proper way to do this is by listing your technical and industrial skills. For example, you’ll want to include your computer proficiencies, such as Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) and any programs you are familiar with (i.e. Adobe, Wordpress, Tableau). On the other hand, make sure to include the industries and practices you are experienced in. Few examples of this would be: accounting, business finance, sales, engineering, academia, litigation, event planning, construction…you get the idea?   


There are several other guidelines that must be followed to perfect your resume. Simply using an online resume builder or free template will cause you to overlook several factors, including proper length, formatting, verbiage, and category sequence. Our job is to connect the dots and highlight your complete career and potential. Resume Advisor proudly celebrates the success of their clients by creating tools simply as if they are their own. When it comes to your career, don’t compromise quality. Your resume and cover letter are your tickets to your progression; let us ensure you make it to the front row. Contact us to write a resume and cover letter for you today.


-RA

How to Write a Cover Letter

Are you in need of a cover letter? Not sure? Common mistakes that people often make when they attempt to write a cover letter are length, wording, sequence, and format. Instead of using generic templates that make you sound like an automated robot, a cover letter sample must entail a narrative of your story, so that the reader can understand why you are a fit for the role. The key is to write a story and explain you career within a page. In order to engage your reader, you must explain how your experiences tie into your skills that relate to the job you are applying for. This involves tailoring keywords and skills into your document to convey your relevance for the position. A simple google search for a cover letter sample may show you proper guidelines, however a saturated internet you may get confused by the various resources.


A general rule to follow is starting with a header, followed by an introductory paragraph describing why specifically you are applying for the job. A good trick is to mention someone you know at the company who introduced you, or an interaction you had with an event pertaining to the firm. Next, write a body paragraph describing how duties in your previous experiences have prepared you to be a fit for the desired role. Finally, close out strong with a summary. Contact us today to help you on how to write a cover letter for free.


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5 Factors in Writing a Professional Resume

Do you know the average time a recruiter takes to evaluate a resume? 10 seconds. That means you have 10 seconds to make an impression that will lead to an opportunity to interview for your next job. Resume writing can seem quite simple at first, but without proper guidance, it is easy to make mistakes that will reduce your chances of success. Presentation displays your ability to consolidate work, and be clear and concise. If your formatting and fonts are inconsistent, it shows you can’t handle an assignment. The following are five points to focus on when you build your resume and write a cover letter.


1. The header. One would think of this as the simplest task, right? Well, you’d be surprised. Often times, people use unprofessional emails, names, and acronyms that show they are amateur. Your email should be your name, without any icons, words, or weird numbers. For example; JohnSmith@gmail.com or Jsmith@gmail.com are simple and effective. However, people sometimes use email addresses that are not even theirs, such as their family members or friends. This is a huge red flag. Avoid using email addresses such as Lakerlover23 or SpecialChef, etc. Keep it professional. List your primary phone number, and your mailing address, and that’s it!   


2. The summary/objective. The goal is for the reader to interpret narrative of who you are. This is where your summary/objective portion is key. You want to essentially give yourself a label. You’ll need to describe your industry, main skills, and years of experience within one to two sentences. A winning resume will clearly convey the relevant title of an applicant (i.e. “financial business analyst,” “or media graphic designer.”   


3. Education. People often list their education at the top of the page, while others place it at the bottom. Unless you are a recent graduate (within 2 years), or went to a top tier school, you should always put education at the bottom. Otherwise it indicates that you are trying to compensate for empty work experience. However, if you went to a school like Harvard, you’ll want the education to be the first thing they see, because it will keep the reader engaged and wanting to know more about you. Within this section, you should list the name of the institution, year of graduation, type of degree and degree name, and relevant coursework. Try to keep the coursework as specific and niche as possible. For example, if you took economic statistics, or interactive computer science, you’ll definitely want to list it. If you are a recent graduate, you should list your GPA as well. Lastly, if you have any notable achievements or awards, go ahead and list them.   


4. Work experience. This is the most crucial part of your resume. Your goal is to keep the document concise, within 1 page. For those deeper into their career, it is acceptable to have 2 page. Here’s the catch; employers don’t want to hire people who have jumped around jobs. They want candidates who are ready to commit long term, and showing multiple jobs with under a year of time in each is a red flag. Internships / contracted jobs are the only exception to this rule. Another key point is consistency. For each job, you should have at least 2 bullet points, but no more than 6, and try to keep all jobs equal or similar in terms of the amount of bullet points. The next component is the content. The key is to describe a task, action, and result in each bullet. If you spend too much space describing things you did, it won’t show that you are an achiever. Being a doer is great, but results are what show make you the real deal. Make sure to indicate key achievements, numbers, percentages, etc. 


5. Tailoring. Lastly, submitting a resume or cover letter isn’t supposed to be a universal process. Meaning, you can’t use the exact same document for every application. It is important that you change the keywords to match the job description, but still stay authentic to your profile. This is especially necessary for companies that use algorithms and software to scan applications. Practice these guidelines and incorporate them into your resume, and you’ll be on your way to interviews in no time! 


-RA