‘Résumé Writing’ Category

  1. Cover Letters 101

    February 10, 2015 by edotgdot

    You need a résumé. What about a cover letter?
    Some employers don’t require a letter, some do, and sometimes it is optional. Providing a cover letter, even when it isn’t required, shows that you’re willing to go the extra mile. It also shows that you’ve put thought into your application. Whether you like it or not, cover letters can make or break you.
    For one, cover letters highlight your communication skills. They also provide the opportunity to explain your story, offer your understanding of the industry, or explain your recent career change. So why wouldn’t you capitalize on this?
    There are dozens of lists out there that explain the components of a standout cover letter, so here’s a narrowed down compilation of the most common Do’s and Don’ts:

    Don’t repeat your résumé in your cover letter. You’re lucky enough if the employer takes more than a minute to review your experience and qualifications once. Making them read that information twice? You’ve already bored them.


    Do your homework. Nowadays, simply having a stock cover letter is not enough to get by. Your cover letter should be tailored to the employer, showing them that you did your homework. It gives them a reason to consider your application. So if you want to make a good impression, create a unique cover letter that shows your personality and your unique strengths.


    Do use your voice! You should use your natural voice when composing your letter. If a human is reading it, a human should write it. Gone are the days when you need to sound self-important. Avoid clichés like detail-oriented leader and seasoned professional.


    Do be creative! You want to give the employer a reason to remember you, and you can do that by drawing them in with a clever introduction and then finishing strong as well. For example, you can start with a thought-provoking quotation or your philosophy on how to approach business. Show them that you understand their needs. You can end with an offer to create a work sample or invite them to see your webinar.


    Do keep it short and sweet. Employers are busy and are likely sifting through hundreds of applications. For this reason, a cover letter should only be around half a page to a page long. Break it out into bullets, expanding on the requirements listed in the job description.


    Do show. You don’t want to say, “I believe I am perfect for this position” or anything of the sort. Your belief is not going to get you the job. Instead, show the employer how you’re the perfect candidate. Tell them a story about a recent problem you solved or a recent campaign you led.

    Here are helpful articles:

    Five Cover Letter Cliches That Make Employers Cringe

    Six Secrets to Writing a Great Cover Letter

    Four Ways to Make Writing Cover Letters Suck Less

    Five Ways Your Cover Letter Lost You the Job


  2. Keys to a Great Résumé.

    January 27, 2012 by edotgdot

    Unlock the door to your new career by following these tips.


    Need to brush up your résumé sooner rather than later? Consider these key tips that could make a significant difference in your job search. I cannot stress this enough: recruiters only have a 10 seconds or less to look at your resume. It is a sales tool, not a novel. Make it pop. Stand out. Before you include work experience, consider creating two new sections on your résumé that will draw the eye of your prospective employer.


    Include keywords: If you are applying for a job asking for certain skills, include a section underneath your name that is called “Areas of Expertise” or “Qualifications.” This section is simply a list of key terms such as  “Management” or  “Accounting” or whatever other buzz words apply to your career path: entertainment, event management, advising, retail, and coaching. And if you are on the technical side, include any of the software programs on the first page so that the hiring manager has the opportunity to see your qualifications at first glance. Last, if you are interested in a particular position, review the job description first and then tailor your résumé to that role. Use similar phrasing and words to match what the company is looking for in prospective candidates (without being too obvious).


    Key accomplishments: Think about your major accomplishments throughout your career. Pick three. Perhaps you organized a large-scale event or you worked with impressive clients or you saved your company billions of dollars. Name drop, quantify, be specific, and illustrate what you have done. Yes that’s it: brag, boast, and think big. Maybe you haven’t had the chance to succeed in your current role as you did in the past. No problem. Include your Key Accomplishments before your work experience. Wow recruiters before they read further.


    If you need assistance in revising your résumé, e.g. EDITORS can help. Call 312.834.3733 today for your free consultation!

  3. AmazonLocal Promotion

    January 12, 2012 by edotgdot

    $40 for Résumé and Cover Letter Revision via AmazonLocal!

    e.g. EDITORS is featured on AmazonLocal today. $40 for a résumé and cover letter revision. This fantastic deal is only available for three days…

    At e.g., we customize our résumés so that they are an accurate reflection of you and your objective. Our professional writers and editors have experience in human resources, marketing communications, and design. We have developed résumés and CVs for multiple clients including medical professionals, financial consultants, engineers, CPAs, teachers, cosmetologists, PhDs, and sales executives. Furthermore, we stay up-to-date with what hiring managers and recruiters look for in prospective candidates by attending seminars and educational events throughout Chicago.

    Here’s what our clients have to say:

    “Thank you so much….guess what??? Got my old job back…and have two interviews this week!!!” Livia S., administrative professional

    Our ultimate goal is to create the most effective selling tool so that you can snag the job of your dreams. The process is simple. You e-mail your current resume or CV and we will send a questionnaire back to get more information about you and your goals. Then we set up a brief phone consultation and after that we send the new and improved version back to you along with the job search packet.

    If you have additional questions, please send at e-mail to editors [at] edotgdot.com.

  4. Résumé FAQ – How Many Pages?

    September 14, 2011 by edotgdot

    Can your résumé be more than one page?


    Yes. First, consider that your résumé should be succinct and easy-to-read so that the hiring manager can glance at your résumé and get a sense of you, your work history, interests, and skills in a matter of seconds. If  you are applying to an MBA program or if you want to adhere to the Harvard Business School format, then stick to a one-pager. And if you a job seeker that can keep your experience onto one page and manage for it to be an effective sales tool, then kudos to you because you should be concise. But there are some job candidates who just have more experience or a diverse background, and all of that information simply cannot fit onto one 8.5 X 11″ sheet of paper? Then you should make your résumé two pages. The two-page résumé is widely accepted nowadays, but career experts advise to never extend beyond the two-page limit.


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  5. Revamp your Résumé

    August 17, 2011 by edotgdot

    Using Verbs to Bolster your Résumé


    Looking for a simple way to standout from other job applicants? Do you want to impress a prospective employer? Revamp your résumé  or CV by using strong, powerful action verbs. Below is a short list of examples:

    – Advertised
    – Accounted for
    – Created
    – Determined
    – Launched
    – Led
    – Managed 
    – Optimized
    – Projected
    – Published
    – Reduced
    – Spearheaded
    – Succeeded in 
    – Transformed 

    For  a comprehensive list of action verbs, visit JobMob.

    e.g. EDITORS can help you develop your résumé or CV. Please visit the contact page to receive your free consultation.

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