Everybody knows the crucial role a cover letter and résumé play in your current employment status. This piece of paper is an employers first impression on the type of person you are. Résumés are an excellent way to highlight your skills and qualifications that would make you a key player in their company’s success. Unfortunately, some people have not realized this yet.
Can we just take a moment to understand why these will be placed directly into a paper shredder? First off: spelling. Personally, it is my biggest pet peeve when reading ANYTHING. If a grade 10 student does not even want to continue reading after seeing “Puletsur Prize”, why would a respected employer read on? Second, do not ever, ever, say you have no references because they burned up in a fire. No one is buying it. Also, if you have no real achievements or accomplishments, do not make up an imaginary school that you got an imaginary degree from. That is also not going to be bought. Again, your résumé and cover letter should be the epitome of professionalism with just a sprinkle of character. It is okay to try and grab a future employers attention with your people skills and remarkable qualifications, but saying Languages: “Fluent in English. Also I have been heard muttering Gibberish in my sleep.” is just not going to cut it. Not only should the information be up to date and without grammatical errors, but should be relevant to the position you are applying for. “Under “job related skills” – for a web designer – “can function without additional oxygen at 24,000 feet”.” is great, but unless you are testing a new underwater web designing program, this should not be included in a résumé.
Now hopefully these résumé’s, bloopers, and these have scared you into the proper way to write a résumé cover letter.