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Important Resume Cover Letter Guidelines

Cover Letter

Resume cover letters should be tailored specifically for each job  position you apply for. The overall theme is to make your documents employer-oriented and specifically aimed at meeting the company’s needs.

Get a Name –  Addressing your cover letter to a specific person will make sure your documents get to the right person. Try not to address it in a generic manner.

Start strong – Begin the first paragraph with a value-packed statement saying what you offer and how it ties into the company vacancy. Emphasize the job title so it can be eye-catching to a Hiring Manager. Reference your enclosed resume in the first paragraph, so the reader can move on to that document if they choose to. Not all cover letters are read but it’s much better to send one than not send one.

Meet company needs and requirements  – Firstly, the approach of a cover letter should be for quick and easy readability. Highlight your skills or qualifications with bullet points so that the employer can quickly see how you meet the position’s needs. Three to five bullets will suffice; more than that can look excessive.

Use the correct job posting terminology – Have a copy of the job specification or details near you when promoting yourself as you should use the terminology of the job posting so you and the employer begin to speak the same language.

Identify the most important job requirements – If the job posting has a list of 20 different requirements, those requirements closer to the top of the list are generally the most important of the group. Emphasize your skills and qualifications that match with the beginning of the list, and not the lesser tasks near the end.

Close with a Call to Action – For the closing paragraph, state that you’d appreciate the opportunity to explain how your skills match their needs during an interview. Explain how and when you will follow-up with them to schedule a mutually convenient meeting.

In summary, customizing these documents will take time, but the cover letter is going to be the document that will introduce your resume. It is worth the effort to make the match and capture the reader’s interest with any opportunity you have to do so, to better your chances to advance on to the interview.


The Importance of Having References Ready

Resumes References

It is vital to have your professional documents and references on hand. So many job candidates forget this important step. Being prepared is what success is all about. Here are some important things to note in this regard.

It is critical that all your professional documents are up to date and ready to go. This includes your references from you career. If someone called you today for a great opportunity, would you have these important documents handy or are you going to now have to scramble???

Preparation is a key to success in your career progression. Invest effort and time to decide who you would like to use as a referral. Meet that person, update them on your career. Ask if they would do you a written reference or a telephonic one needed. Ask that persons advise about what you could improve on. Give her or him an updated copy of your CV.

You should aim to have at least 3 references listed at the end of your CV with their contact information as well as how you know them. It is recommended to always stay in touch with your past Colleagues so that you have up to date information as well as informing them of your progress through your career.

If you stay up to date and follow the above process, your references will be ready to go and you will have a rough idea of what will be said about you to your new prospective employers. Another upside is if your references know that you are looking for new career opportunities they may be able to swing some your way.


Ways to Avoid Looking Like a Job Hopper on Your CV

job hopping

A prospective employer will only take a few seconds to read your CV and if it looks like you have had a new job every 1-2 years it sends out major warning signals.

As it always takes time to find the right employee for a position an employer who looks at your CV and thinks you are a job hopper will look at other candidates with a steadier track record. Short time spans of work often show poor performance and a lack of commitment.

These are some helpful Guidelines to prevent you from looking like a job hopper.

Company influences

Always state on your resume why you moved whether it is because of retrenchments, a higher or better career opportunity, or because of re-structuring within a business. All you need to do is add a one liner below each position giving a short explanation and reasons why you moved.

Companies are often bought or merge with someone else and the company name will then change. To avoid looking like you have moved to a new company list the new name of the company and have the old name in brackets next to it.

Short-term positions or Consulting

As the job market is slowly decreasing a lot of candidates have gone into consulting or contract positions.

A good way to make all these position look better is to sum up all the years that you have done consulting for and then put each company you have consulted for underneath with your overall general responsibilities that took place with each company.

If one of your positions was only a short-term contract, then make sure that you state next to the position that it was contractual short-term to to make it clear.

Formatting of dates

Another way is instead of putting the exact dates of each position in your CV with the months and days put the years alone. This makes the time at each position look longer then it is.

Always give examples of achievements

You cannot change the amount of time you have worked at a company or in a position but you can change where your potential employers focus goes by stating or evidencing achievements that you have accomplished in each company.

Employers love to see how effective you can be and what your potential could be in their company and new positions.


How To Follow Up On Your Job Application

Follow up CV

What are the rules when it comes to following up on a resume you have sent out for a job application? Here are some tips and advise on how to follow up after you have sent your CV to a potential employer. Be aware that most potential employers will not give you a call or a response to your resume. These tips will not be suitable for every resume but are rules that are good for you to follow.

Use The 1-2 Week Rule

Follow up one to two weeks after you have submitted your resume. That is generally the amount of time most employers take to review all applicants and contact candidates of interest for an interview.

Follow Up In the Morning

Make contact during the early morning hours when you have a better chance of reaching someone before she or he is bogged down with other tasks to do for the day.

Don’t Just Ask If Your CV Was Received

This can turn off an employer and does nothing to distinguish you. Instead, use this chance to distinguish yourself and build rapport. Identify the appropriate contact person and CALL them so you can have a conversation and emphasize your strengths.

This is your opportunity to impress them with your insights, knowledge, and intelligence, and they love it when you demonstrate you have researched the company and know a lot about them. For example, “Is this position for the new plant you announced in your latest press release? I should mention I have been the plant manager at two start-ups and beat production goals on both occasions.”

See the difference? Instead of being a nudge, you have reinforced your value proposition to the firm. It might make all the difference.

Following up is an opportunity to bring your candidacy to the top. Use these tips to help you stand out from the crowd.


9 Reasons Why You Need a CV


During a job search, your resume plays a major role. It provides proof that you’re capable of doing the job. However, having a resume even if you’re not looking for a job is also important. Here are nine reasons why you need a resume, even if you have a job:

1. To Ensure Client Loyalty – Clients and customers are always on the lookout for a better, quicker, more attractive response!

2. To Attract New Clients or Customers – Whether the plan is growth, replacing clients lost through attrition, or just ensuring a fair share of the American Pie, everyone needs new customers.

3. To Improve or Maintain Status in an Industry or Field – Visibly impressive qualifications communicated well and often ensure that few people will have ill words to speak.

4. To Provide Job Security – If changes need to be made, a manager will be less likely to delete someone who clearly has the skills, knowledge, and ability to do the job.

5. To Obtain a Raise – Not only will an updated resume provide the needed justification, but also it gently reminds the boss that you are a well-qualified employee that would be sought after by competitors.

6. To Confirm Self-Worth – A resume is a great way to sit back and look objectively at oneself to see what others may: A pat on the back if done correctly!

7. To Identify Gaps in Skills, Knowledge, or Abilities – No one wants to have to look for work because they lost their job. Be prepared, keep a current resume, and keep skills current.

8. To Find a New Job – Change is sometimes forced on a worker.

9. To Find a New Opportunity – A visible resume posted online or shared among a network of trusted friends or colleagues could open doors to opportunities not recognized