Resume & Cover Letter
Here is a fun article about the resume scan. Makes the point about a clean and well-organized resume that can stand up to a six second look!
The resume is a data sheet documenting your skills, experience and training. It should be written as an abbreviated statement so that every work communicates specific attributes. The page should be designed so that the reader can visually scan the page and immediately see your top three skills and primary qualities. It is important to make sure you met minimum requirements and that those are clearly highlighted on the page. Organization of information and page layout are key to resume success.
The cover letter expands on your unique qualities and links them directly to a specific organization’s mission/needs. The cover letter can describe what may not be obvious in your resume, particularly if you do not have much related experience. Using specific examples you can draw a link between your experience and professional goals with the organization’s mission and personnel needs. Ideally, cover letters are written to an individual, a name you collected through your previous networking activities and reflects your knowledge of the specific organization.