May 22, 2008

Advice on Resumes and Cover Letters

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I am currently screening resumes for SIX open positions at work. This means screening several hundred resumes per week. Here is some advice for you...

- Make sure your cover letter is made out to the CORRECT company for the CORRECT position. If you've sent me a cover letter for a part time position at a toy manufacturer, you are automatically out.


- Read the job requirements. If you don't have a degree, and the job requires one, you've just wasted your time sending your resume in.


- If your e-mail address is something like 'sexygrrrl04@whatever.com' or 'iamsoawesome@something.com', perhaps consider setting up a new account - like maybe 'firstname.lastname@gmail.com'. Much more professional.

- Don't save your three page resumes with each page in a different file (ie name a, name aa and name aaa). Why would you even do that?

- For God's sake, use spell checker and READ IT OVER before you send it.

- I don't need to know about your favorite movies, favorite tv shows, favorite books, favorite sports teams etc. Not interested...

Just saying...

4 comments :

dork_crafts said...

Hey, I'm applying for one of those jobs! I'm happy to say I seem to be following all your tips! Although.. Are you sure you don't want to hear about my obsession with Terry Pratchett? ;)

Jonathon Morgan said...

We've been on a hiring spree at the websites I manage, and OH MAN have we received some interesting "applications" -- sometimes I wonder if people think before applying. Apparently not. ;)

projectmommy said...

Lol, hard to believe people actually hand out cover letters addressed to the wrong company! That's pretty funny!

Jazzie said...

Keep on doing whatever it is that you do – Thanks for sharing this. In a cover letter to an employment agency or executive search firm, you should always mention your current or most recent salary, as well as your willingness to relocate for a position.




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