One of the hardest parts of the job search is building a solid resume that really sells you as a candidate for employment. Most employers will only spend one minute or less reading your resume, so you want to make sure that you really get their attention. A good resume should have information about your background such as previous work history, achievements you may have earned, and your education. Always make sure to list details with your work history, achievements and education.
The bullets below are great building blocks that you should incorporate into your resume which may land you your next job.
It is also common practice to include basic facts about you. Full name, address, email and any references that you may want to include on your resume. Another good tip is to include that your availability is “open”, which suggests that you can start when they need you to start.
Depending on the job type, a cover letter may be necessary. These are simple one page summaries that tell the employer a quick overview in paragraph format of your past work, skills, and why you would be a good fit for the job.
Most employers will expect a cover letter. Keep it short and simple. Your cover letter should explain to the employer how you found the position (this is particularly important if you have a contact within the organization), and why you think you would be a good candidate for the job. It is important to make sure you tailor each cover letter specific to every job and employer. Every hiring manager can tell a blanket cover letter from a personalized one. Your cover letter should stand out and offer something insightful to the employer about you.
Always make sure to follow up with your potential employer within three to five days and make sure they received your resume. Send an email to make sure the appropriate decision makers all received your resume and indicate that you are very much still interested in the job. Be enthusiastic, but not desperate.