Resume and cover letter tips to help land your dream job

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The job market is rough out there and to land any job, a good resume is one way of having a leg up on the competition.

Career expert Maxie McCoy has tips on how its done.

How to nail your cover letter

The key is showing how your talent and experience will solve a problem or drive results for your future employer. For example, if you say you’re collaborative, discuss how you used those skills at your last job, and then connect it to how that will benefit the new company.

Write a resume you’d want to read

Remember, recruiters are human – and they can see right through the fluff. Avoid sounding too formal, or using resume jargon like team-player or hard-worker. Make summaries short and your experience descriptions results-driven and to the point.

Show your value with data

Rather than simply outlining past responsibilities and projects, use data and specifics to make your experience more tangible for the recruiter. For example, rather than saying you managed the university newspaper, elaborate by saying you led an editorial staff of 20 at the university newspaper which reaches a student body of over 350,000.

Use the right tools to create your resume

Use templates and tools that make it easy to create resumes and cover letters. Having a “plain resume” could hinder your job search which is why Maxie worked with Microsoft and MOO to create new free templates that strike just the right balance of content and creativity. (Will be announced on Monday 7/18).

Do something, anything, to stand out

Supplement your resume with a digital portfolio, pen a blog post about your passion for the industry, trends you’re seeing, or a past project you’ve learned from. You can also create a video that shows off your communication skills and passion for the company.

Name Drop

Name and company dropping in your resume is often a good thing. It gives your interviewer a frame of reference. Think partnerships, clients, projects, etc. It all helps.