Friday, July 23, 2010, AM | Leave Comment
This is the beginning of the new year and this is, of course, the age of the Internet. Most job applicants have quite a few things readily accessible that 20 or so years ago were not available but only to a few technical employees.
You can use MS Word to develop your master resume and cover letter and save it. Then for each job, make your resume and cover letter specific to the job requirement.
If you don’t have MS Word on your computer, use its compatible OpenOffice which you can download @OpenOffice. It’s free and does the job perfectly.
Don’t send in a generic resume or cover letter
As I said above, for every job, make a specific resume and a cover letter. Don’t, however, deviate too much from your master resume.
Don’t use strange fonts
You can’t impress your potential employer with fancy but wacky kinds of fonts. The layout is important though. Examine a book or magazine and see what fonts are used for headings and content. Mostly, Arial is used for headings and Times New Roman for content. The resume should look clean and readable.
If a job requires that you must fill out the application, then do so completely and don’t write “see resume” anywhere on the form.
Don’t put your degree behind your name
Everything that you write must have its own place on the resume. Don’t write your degree behind your name like “John Doe, MBA.” Use the education section to mention your degrees and certificates.
Don’t call repeatedly after you send in your resume
Call at lengthy intervals whether the company has received your resume. Once you know it has, then talk to the responsible person when will the decision be made for hiring.
If your resume and cover letter fit the job requirement , they will call you
If you have made your resume and cover letter targeting the specific requirements of the job position and both fit, there is no reason for them to not call you for the interview.
In a Nutshell
So there you have it – the critical “dos and don’ts” if and when you are job hunting. Don’t be annoying to your potential employer. Who knows there might be a psychopath sitting in the office receiving your calls.