Your résumé should convince potential employers--quickly--that interviewing you would be time well spent. Frontload your resume with your skills and experiences that match their needs. Your résumé needs to shout the message that you want to work with them.
- The résumé introduces you to potential employers.
- The average reader takes about 25 seconds to read a résumé.
- Your task is to convince the reader that you have the necessary skills and experiences for the targeted position.
A cover letter usually goes along with a résumé and deserves just as much attention. A terrific resume might never be read if the cover letter doesn't provide the hook! Consider a cover letter your first writing sample for the company.
- Write a cover letter that complements, but does not repeat, your resume.
- Show that you have researched the organization and the position for which you are applying.
- Explain why your skills and experience make you a good fit for the job.
For more information, check out our résumé and cover letter tip sheets!