After the end of year bonus, many employees are ready to make a move. It seemed fruitless to forgo potentially large sums of money without cause. What should be on the top of the list for a job change in 2016? Hopefully, it is putting together a good cover letter and resume.
Working on the Resume
A resume is an important document in any employment quest. Our friends over at The Ginger Recruitment Firm offer some candid advice. We figure they understand the business best, as they are constantly matching up candidates with suitable employers. In his article, “It’s Not You…It’s Your Resume”, Ginger owner Gavin Frater stresses the importance of being honest and forthright on your resume. Yes, this is one of the first steps we insist on with anyone who requests assistance in putting together this important document.
How will you stand out from the crowd? Is your resume a true compilation of your strengths and achievements? Or, is it merely a file you copied from another random submittal. We work with our clients to ensure that they stand out in the selection process.
The cover letter acts as the applicant’s opportunity to offer more of an explanation of the value he or she brings to the table. If you submit the same cover letter to every position, you are putting yourself at a disadvantage. Read the job description before you submit your resume and cover letter. Make sure to include language that pinpoints the reason that you are the ideal candidate for the position. A cover letter is your opportunity to sell your credentials and experience to the person culling through a plethora of submittals.
What about a Thank You Letter?
It often amazes us how many people have forgotten the art of appreciation. If a recruiter or an employer has taken the time to speak with you or meet with you, it is important that you express your gratitude. The purpose of this is twofold. Not only will you show you have good manners, but you will also put your image back in front of the prospective employer.
When Writing is not Your Talent
Although there are certainly enough websites offering templated resumes, nothing beats an original look with targeted language. Keywords have become increasingly important in this digital age. If you need help with putting together your resume, cover letter or thank you, Writefully Inspired can offer it to you. Contact us to inquire about individual or package pricing. We look forward to hearing from you!