When you have approximately 15 seconds to grab the attention of an employer who’s scanning your resume and cover letter, how can you make a strong first impression?
Here’s a road map. First, before you even begin working on a resume and cover letter, clean up your online presence. Employers routinely do an Internet search of candidates, and the best resume and cover letter in the world won’t be able to help you if an employer sees something online that tarnishes your reputation. Next, identify your strengths, and focus on your transferable skills. In particular, focus on specific examples to illustrate your strengths. Business experience, strong communication skills, contributions to the community, and significant accomplishments at work are examples of valuable strengths that will help convey a fuller, more impressive picture of your worth in the workplace.
Once you’re ready to begin writing, following a few simple do’s and don’ts can demystify the process.