Are you fresh out of college and need a bit of help putting together the perfect resume with maybe minimal experience? You may be in need of a jobcoach to help you polish your resume and your interview practicing, but we’re able to also help you with a few tips on putting together the perfect resume and cover letter.
A recent study from ZipRecruiter mentioned that a strong cover letter and resume had strong keywords that correlated perfectly with the resume. It wasn’t the keywords themselves, but how strongly they were related to the actual resume. Many people may try to fluff their resume with pretty words to seem more polished but more often than not, recruiters are able to see through this. However, there were many words that made someone seem automatically inadequate on their resume and cover letter. The top words to avoid are:
The words above will make your resume and cover letter 79% less likely to earn the perfect rating from recruiters.
You may be wondering what words WILL give you that interview for your dream job. Thankfully with our research, we’re able to prove the top keywords for a 5-star rating on your resume.
The above mentioned give someone 70% more of a chance for an interview. When you talk about yourself in a way that doesn’t seem cocky, you can add professionalism and confidence to your resume.
Tips to strengthen a cover letter
A cover letter is everything when it comes to your resume. It helps you polish your resume with an overview and can help you address your personality more. When writing your cover letter, you’re more likely to get an interview when you display confidence and also say “thank you” at the end of your cover letter. This helps you seem polite and not overly confident.
Even if you don’t have all of the right skills and experience needed, ones who show confidence have been able to pull jobs more, as they seem eager to learn.
What sections should I leave on a resume?
Many people look at sample resumes and include each section, but what they don’t realize is that some sections aren’t needed and can make a recruiter pass over your resume. Some of the sections, which you should include, are:
Sections you should avoid on a resume:
The above sections were proven 24% less likely to get a perfect rating from a recruiter. If your accomplishments are extensive and don’t relate to the job field, this is when you would want to leave it out of your resume. Personal interests should never be included, as you’re not applying to be a friend or spouse, you’re applying for a job.
Last but not least, resumes were proven 30% more likely to receive a perfect rating if they stayed between 600-700 words. There are many things to take into account when writing the perfect cover letter and resume and one slip up can cost you your dream job. Finally, you should ALWAYS write, “thank you for the consideration” as there is a 29% chance of receiving a perfect rating with this close out.