Students who take their time and find a job often come with a better resume and cover letter.
The Economist’s Matthew Raine points out that the more time you spend working on your resume and writing cover letters, the more likely you are to land a job.
But if you’re looking to find a new job, there are ways to help you along the way.
Read on to learn more.1.
Learn to read and write professionally.
“The best job search skills are to read the resume, write the cover letter, and do the research,” says Stephen McBride, author of “How to Make a Great Resume: The Ultimate Guide to Getting the Job You Want.”
If you want to keep a job for life, you should take at least one writing class and learn to read, write, and draw, he says.2.
Get a copy of the resume.
A resume is a key tool for getting a job, but it’s also a great place to start.
If you don’t have a copy, a resume from your college admissions office will do.
It’s also helpful to see what the job posting looks like, and to see if it matches your skill set.
“It’s a good idea to have a resume that you can look at,” says McBride.
“Make sure you read all of it.”3.
Pick the right cover letter for your area of expertise.
“If you’re in a field like math, science, or finance, it’s good to use a different type of resume,” says Steve Ritchie, author and the chief executive officer of the American Association of University Professors.
If your area is not math, there may be other, less-common types of resumes that you might find helpful, he adds.
“I can’t speak for the industry,” says Ritchie.
“We’re still trying to figure that out.”4.
Keep a copy in your office.
In addition to the resume itself, McBride recommends writing your cover letter to a college or university admissions office.
It should be clear what you want and why you’re applying, he advises.
“Don’t just put it in your filing cabinet,” he says, “put it in a folder with the other things you’re working on.”5.
Get the right size and type of cover letter (optional).
“If your cover letters are too long, you can make them longer by writing a longer one,” says Dwayne Burdge, an associate professor at the University of New Hampshire.
You don’t want your cover Letter to be too long to fit your entire resume, he explains.
“You want to put it somewhere you can easily get it,” he adds, “and then you can get to it quickly.”6.
Choose your cover name.
“A cover letter should use your full name,” says Burdg.
“And I think if you want people to think that you have a specific job title, then you should have a title,” he explains, adding that he’s seen clients “do cover letters with no title whatsoever.”7.
Make sure you have your name in the beginning.
“In addition to having a name in your resume, you need to have your first and last name in front of it,” says Mark Smith, president and CEO of CareerBuilder.
That’s because the job search industry is all about finding people, so having your first name and last first name on the cover of your resume can help you stand out, says Smith.
“But if you don, you’re just giving people a generic job title,” says Smith, who adds that he prefers a company name rather than your actual name.8.
Use a cover letter that includes references.
“As a cover writer, you don’ t want to have to use references,” says David Stuck, author, “The Perfect Cover Letter.”
“You need to just use your own voice, and put in your own points of reference,” he emphasizes.
“That way, people who are reading the resume will be able to see that you really have a background.”9.
Use professional writing tools.
“Use professional writing, not only to give your resume credibility, but also to build a connection with people,” says Michael C. Hovind, chief creative officer at JobServe.com, which helps employers find top candidates.
“Professional writing should be used as an adjective rather than a verb,” he suggests.
“Do not use words like ‘best’ or ‘best-selling,'” says Hovend.
“Just say, ‘Professional writing is what we do.'”10.
Use the right kind of resume.
“For every job, the right resume will give you an edge,” says Stuck.
“Write your resume with a little bit of humor in”
So you should be prepared to have the resume that will get the job,” he continues.
“Write your resume with a little bit of humor in