Resume & Cover Letter Tips from Real Recruiters

Your resume and cover letter are designed to get you an interview. In today’s competitive market, especially in creative fields, recruiters are receiving thousands of applications for a position. That may sound a little discouraging, but on Wednesday, July 17th, recruiters from CBS News, NBC Sports, L’Oreal, Nielsen, and Wix joined the FindSpark community and gave great tips on how to not get left behind.

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Resume Tip #1 – Choose Your Email Address Carefully!

So, you like to be called “Hot Stuff.” That’s fine, but that doesn’t need to be your email address. Christine Chan of Wix says, “if you can’t present yourself professionally and formally via email, that’s going to be a problem.”

Also, it’s best to use Gmail as opposed to a Yahoo or AOL account.

If you’re currently employed, it’s not a good idea to use the email of your current employer. Think about it.

Resume Tip #2 – No Pictures, Please!

Katie Curcio of CBS News couldn’t have stressed this enough. It may seem like a good idea to put pictures on your resume because we live in a visual and multimedia age, but it just screams unprofessional. Pictures on your resume also open the door to potential discrimination claims. Some recruiters will just throw your resume on the ground just to avoid that possibility. Serious stuff, I know. Just stick to text.

Resume Tip #3 – No Typing Like Dis!

Times or Arial are standard. 11 or 12 point body text work best.

Other resume tips included: deleting references, getting rid of an objective, and customizing resume based on position you’re applying to.

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Cover Letter Tip #1 – Follow the Rule of Three

On your cover letter, make sure you have an introduction stating who you are and the job you’re applying for, body using specific examples on what you’ve done that makes you the right candidate, and conclusion summing up your entire cover letter and proving that you are the perfect fit for the role.

If you’re changing careers, Michelle Corbet of L’Oreal says to use your cover letter to explain why you’re making a career switch. It’s the perfect opportunity to sell yourself and your passion for the job you’re applying too.

Cover Letter Tip #2 – Proofread!

Perla Hoyos of Nielsen brought up how grammatical errors can cost you the job. Proofreading not only goes for the cover letter but the resume, too. ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS, take a look at what you’re sending before you send it.

Cover Letter Tip #3 – Proofread!

I just had to say that again. Yes, I proofread this blog before posting it.

Bonus Tip – Don’t Annoy Recruiters

You also want to make sure you’re not sending every recruiter the same email. Jessica Cerra of NBC Sports says, “There’s a fine line between networking and stalking. Be thoughtful; recruiters talk to each other!”

As a young professional, these tips have definitely inspired me and helped me land a full-time position today. Hopefully, they’ll do the same for you. What are your favorite resume and cover letter tips? Share below!

Special thanks to Wix for hosting our event. Check out the platform for an easy way to build a beautiful website.

About the Author

Afriyie “Free” Amankwaa is a Multimedia Journalist and graduate of Rutgers University. She also studied under NBC News Veteran Producer Joe Alicastro at the New York Film Academy with responsibilities including several live shoots such as NBC News’s “Education Nation” and the 2013 Presidential Inauguration. Free is a member of the National Association of Black Journalist and has conducted several high profile interviews with U.S.senator Cory Booker and Grammy nominee Bilal just to name a few. She currently works at the Madison Square Garden Company.

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