"How to Create a Great Electronic Resume"

Written by Vincent Czaplyski

After creatingrepparttar perfect resume, you then need to distribute it. You'll likely be sending some professionally printed hard copies, especially to "A list" companies or organizations you've set your sights on. But just as likely, you'll be distributing other copies electronically.

Presuming you've written a great resume to begin with, here's what you really need to know about your electronic version:

1. It must be searchable.

2. It must be in ASCII format.


Someone searchingrepparttar 135195 Internet resume banks forrepparttar 135196 perfect candidate (you) needs to be able to weed out allrepparttar 135197 unqualified candidates, which potentially number inrepparttar 135198 tens of thousands nowadays. Typically, they'll enter search terms intended to eliminaterepparttar 135199 vast majority of posted resumes and selectrepparttar 135200 most promising. They do this much as one might perform an Internet search on Google or another search engine, by entering key word search terms

Their search might be limited to a certain geographical area, a certain skill set or qualification, or a certain job description, among obvious search categories.

The geographical part is easy - your contact information will help someone looking for a software designer in San Francisco Bay area or a pretzel maker in Milwaukee find you if you are qualified and live inrepparttar 135201 right part ofrepparttar 135202 world.

However, if you have technical qualifications that can be searched in different ways - "Bachelor of Science" and "B.Sc." for example, your resume should use both variants so that a search engine finds you either way.

And if you possess job experience that's highly relevant torepparttar 135203 job in question, be sure to describe it inrepparttar 135204 most common ways that it would likely be searched on.

Tip: Read through your completed resume and see if you can't describe qualifications, degrees, or job titles in multiple alternative ways throughoutrepparttar 135205 resume. This will increaserepparttar 135206 chances you'll be found in an online search.

"7 Deadly Cover Letter Writing Sins"

Written by Vincent Czaplyski

Don't start off your job search with one (or more) strikes against you by committing any of these common cover letter blunders. Each is easy to avoid, but they can sink your chances of an interview if you include them in your letter.

1. Sending your letter torepparttar wrong person, location, or department.

Do you really want your letter to land you a job atrepparttar 135194 company you're sending it to? Then takerepparttar 135195 time to verify that you haverepparttar 135196 proper name, title and address forrepparttar 135197 hiring manager or other decision maker who should receive it.

Unless you're absolutely sure you already haverepparttar 135198 most up- to-date contact information, take a few minutes to call and ask. Otherwise you may as well not bother sending your letter - it most likely won't reachrepparttar 135199 intended recipient. And if it does, he or she won't be impressed that you didn't bother to take this simple step.

2. Irritating your potential employer with a pushy, arrogant or conceited tone to your letter.

Are you truly God's gift to humanity? If not, chances are you ought to come across with a bit of humility, not braggadocio. Saverepparttar 135200 "I am too good for you not to hire me" stuff for when you're bragging to your friends aboutrepparttar 135201 great job you just landed. (Even they probably won't be impressed - and they already like you!) Instead, let your accomplishments and skills speak for themselves.

3. Typos, misspellings, punctuation or grammatical errors.

There's no excuse for leaving any of these mistakes in a cover letter (or a resume for that matter). If such matters truly aren't your strong suite, ask a friend to look your letter over for you. Blatant errors like these are just one more reason for a hiring manager to shunt your resume and cover letter aside, never to be seen again. Why? Because they'll think you are too lazy, too uncaring or too unskilled to be a good fit at their company.

4. Writing rambling, unfocused sentences and paragraphs.

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