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How to Match Your Resume to the Job You Want

Thinking of switching professions?

Trying to break into a new field?

Are you a recent graduate looking for work?

Each job application is unique and may ask for different qualifications and experience based on the employer’s needs. It is important to read the job description before sending in your application. From the job description, you can use keywords to streamline your cover letter and resume to the job position. Matching up roles and skill set lets the hiring manager notice that your application is worth reviewing.

Below is a guide to help you with this process:Job_ad_alignment_infographic



How to Write a Great Cover Letter

Though some applications do not ask for a cover letter at times, the candidate on the job hunt should always have a cover letter template to refer to in case an application calls for it.

There are some misconceptions as to how a cover letter should look. Many candidates repeat the information on their resume – which is totally wrong.cover_letter_tips-

Here are some tips on how to write a great cover letter:

DO NOT repeat your resume

A cover letter is a safe space for you to single out projects or accomplishments at a job position you mentioned in your resume. You can highlight your leadership, communicative and project management skills depending on the position you are applying for.

DO include:

  1. Who you are
  2. Your contact information
  3. What position you are applying for
  4. How you learned about the job

Keep it SHORT

Be assertive and to the point. The recruiter does not need to know your life story, only the ones that matter to the job in question. Three paragraphs should be enough!

STAY AWAY from generic phrases like:

  • “I’m everything that you’re looking for… and more!”
  • “Thank you for taking the time to read my resume.”
  • “My skills and experience are an excellent fit for this position.”
  • “I am an experienced, goal-oriented team player.”

Making general statements does not give the employer a sense of who you are. Instead, explain why you are a great fit by giving examples.

CHECK spelling and grammar

Your cover letter is your introduction to your possible employer, so please make sure and double check your spelling and grammar before hitting send. Loads of online grammar websites can help you check your document.

For more detailed guidelines, click here!