3 Simple Ways to Make Your Resume and Cover Letter Work Together

2 May

Article Title: 3 Simple Ways to Make Your Resume and Cover Letter Work Together
Author Byline: Global resume authority Jessica Hernandez of http://www.greatresumesfast.com is a former HR Manager who partners with professional- and executive-level candidates to create authentic, branded resumes and cover letters.
Author Website: http://www.greatresumesfast.com

When writing a resume, your job is not just to write an amazing document but also create an amazing component known as the cover letter. Sometimes job seekers forget that these two documents work together, especially if they’ve written a resume, and are then told at the last minute they need a cover letter.

Because the two are intertwined it’s a good idea to make sure that they are indeed working well together. Here are some simple tips to consider as you write both your cover letter and resume for submission:

Make Sure the Fonts Match

As small an issue as this may seem, hiring managers notice if your resume is written in a mix of Georgia and Arial—and your cover letter is written in Courier New. Although this difference isn’t necessarily going to be a deal breaker, it is something that could stand out to a manager who is looking for consistency between documents in order to determine how serious you are about attention to detail. So to be on the safe side, take time to ensure that your cover letter font matches the predominant font in your resume.

Make Sure the Information Matches

The last thing you want is for a hiring manager to read about jobs or experiences in your cover letter that you don’t mention in your resume. This is why it’s important that you take time to create a new cover letter with each resume so that all of the information matches and is tailored to the position for which you are applying.

The information in one should always match the other. If it doesn’t, it will look as though you hastily threw together documents to submit—which is an impression you definitely don’t want to give.

Use the Same High-Quality Paper

If you’re applying for a job the traditional way—by submitting a resume and cover letter on paper—it’s important to make sure both documents are printed on the same high-quality paper. Again, consistency is important when applying for a job, and there’s nothing more obviously inconsistent than turning in two documents printed on different types of paper.

Sometimes it’s hard to imagine how many of the “little things” matter when applying for a job. Making sure a cover letter and resume match are on that list and should be taken seriously to increase your chances of being called in for an interview—and ultimately being hired.

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.

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