a Resume or CV?
A resume or curriculum
vitae is not only a document stating employment history
- it is much more. A resume is a snapshot of your
accrued skills, strengths and creative talents. To an
employer, a resume IS you – and it will be what compels
them to either contact you or to throw your resume into
the wastebasket, along with your dreams and aspirations.
For a resume to be
successful, it must do three things:
Convey a positive image of yourself to the employer
in less than five seconds
2. Showcase how
you can satisfy the employer’s needs better than any
3. Compel the
employer to contact you for an interview.
How can a resume do
1. The writer
must know what skills the employer requires in an
2. The writer
must have expertise in the written word.
3. The writer
must know how to produce a document that will
highlight relevant skills in an informative,
A poorly written
resume conveys the same impression to the employer
as showing up at the interview in tattered and torn
What is a cover
A cover letter does
more than complement a resume - it plays a vital
role in helping you achieve your goal of expanding
your horizons and reaching your potential. Always
include a cover letter with your reesume.
In one page, your
cover letter will:
yourself to the prospective employer.
- Tell him/her
for what position you are applying.
him/her to contact you to set up an interview.
- And most
importantly, show the employer why you
are the best available candidate!
Many people make the
mistake of being redundant in their cover letter and
resume. An excellent cover letter is one that
enhances, not mirrors, the resume. The main purpose
of the cover letter is to introduce yourself and
your resume to the employer. The cover letter should
broadly highlight your skills, while the job of the
resume is to define those skills and explain how
they will benefit the employer.
employers do not want to read the same information
recommend printing your cover letter on the same
style of watermarked paper as your resume. The
person who was hired for your job did!