Tips to Writing Resumes and Cover Letters
A resume is a self-marketing tool and often the first impression you give an employer. It should be crafted with thoughtfulness and effort. But if you wonder why you have not landed an interview after sending out 50 resumes, you may want to give these resume writing tips a try.
Tips for Writing a Great Resume
If the employer has to read between the lines to see that you have the skills to do the job, you’re making him or her to do too much work! Make the employer’s job as easy as possible by following these tips:
- Cater your resume to each position you apply for rather than sending in one generic resume
- Clearly show your relevant skills and achievements
- Proofread. Let a second set of eyes help you eliminate typos or spelling errors
Choose the Resume Style That’s Right for You
Put your best foot forward by using the resume style that works in your favour. Here are a few examples:
- Chronological resume. You have years of experience within the same field and you’d like to bring attention to some of the companies you’ve worked for
- Functional resume. You’re making a career transition and would like to focus on the transferrable skills you have to offer
- Combinational resume. You’d like to highlight a particular skill set while still noting main achievements for each previous position held
Visit a WorkBC Employment Service Centre to pick up resume samples, take a free resume writing workshop or have a one-to-one consultation on YOUR resume.
Coming Soon: Top 5 resume tips
A cover letter shows a prospective employer how your background fits that particular job. It is also a chance for you to:
- Emphasize your most relevant qualifications for the position
- Demonstrate that you are the right person for the job
- Show your interest in working for that organization
Tips for Writing Cover Letters
Most cover letters consist of an opening paragraph, one or two middle paragraphs and a closing paragraph.
- Opening paragraph. Start with a strong sentence that will grab the employer’s attention. Demonstrate your knowledge of the position, how you found out about it and why you’re a good fit
- Middle paragraphs. Focus on your specific accomplishments, skills and experiences that are relevant to the position—how you can contribute to the role. Research the employer and show why you are a fit for the company
- Closing paragraph. Express your interest in an interview or meeting to discuss opportunities and provide your availability and contact information
Please visit a WorkBC Employment Services Centre to look at cover letter samples, take a cover letter workshop or get one-to-one assistance with YOUR cover letter.
Coming Soon: Top 5 cover letter tips