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6. Show What You Can Do Today
Focus, first and foremost, on your recent experience that is most relevant to position at hand. Less relevant and/or dated experience should be either eliminated or summarized in brief point form near end of your resume. When reviewing your resume information, a prospective employer wants to know what you are doing now, what you have done recently, and how that relates to job requirements of post they are trying to fill.
7. Be A Straight-Shooter
Be completely honest. When people lie or "creatively exaggerate" on their resume, they are almost invariably exposed, sooner or later. Think about it - who really wants to get a job based on a lie(s) and then have to live in fear of eventually being found out? We often read in newspaper about high-profile folks who get caught in a resume falsehood or exaggeration, and it isn't very pretty.
8. Follow The Instructions
Submit your resume in exactly form that prospective employer requests. If they say e-mail or fax is okay, do it that way. However, if they ask for it by regular mail, send it way they ask. They must have reasons for requesting it in such a form and they are geared up to process it that way. If your resume is to be sent by snail mail, use complete address that they specify, or it could go to wrong office, especially in a large organization.
9. Don't Get Lost In The Mail
Be careful to respect certain conventions that potential employer may require in your resume. For example, make sure that cover letter mentions exact name of specific position you are applying for, and competition number, if applicable. Sometimes an employer will request that job title and/or number be printed on outside of envelope. You would not want to miss out on a job because you didn't follow minor administrative requirements.
10. Keep The Cover Short and Focused
In cover letter, don't repeat what is already detailed in body of attached resume. It is a "cover" letter. It should be short and to point. Introduce yourself first, and then briefly summarize why you believe that you have qualifications and experience to fulfill duties of position better than anyone else. Express enthusiasm about job and company. Close by stating how you are looking forward to hearing more from them soon, and that you will follow-up if necessary.
The above list can be used as a "checklist" both during preparation phase, and when reviewing your resume just before submission.
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