Some postings allow you to post both a resume and cover letter. I have attached my cover letter and resume for your review and I believe that you will find that.
The work of resume review starts well before the applicant resumes fill your inbox. Reviewing a resume starts with a job description or role profile so that you know broadly what the job entails. Part of the job description, in an effective job description, details the qualifications and experience of the candidate you seek to fill the job. Using the key qualifications and experience you identified for the role, develop your online and offline job postings, post them on your recruiting website, and make them available to contacts and employees for referrals.
Then, determine the salary range by using a market pay study and the additional salary research materials you have on hand. Better candidates will inquire about the pay range before they invest a lot of time in your company. Be prepared with an appropriate response so as not to lose your best candidates.
This issue is a long-term controversy for people who work in Human Resources, but it is a matter of respectful treatment of candidates. Your best potential candidates are not going to waste a lot of time applying for positions without knowing the salary range.
This process gets you started. The next key is for HR staff and the hiring manager to narrow down all of this information. Create a list that spells out your most important candidate selection criteria. This is often called a candidate profile. You’ll want to list:
You now have distilled the job information into a list you can use to write ads, post jobs online, or highlight on your recruiting website. This list is the essence of the candidate you seek to fill your open job.
This candidate profile is a list of key experiences, skills, traits, and education and is essential for reviewing resumes. It forces discipline into the resume review process and gives you valuable criteria to use in resume review, and later, in candidate comparison. The list also serves as the basis for the job interview questions you will use in screening and in-person interviews with candidates for your job.
Here is an example of an actual job posting that was created from a list of key qualifications. Notice that the candidate’s qualifications are carefully defined.
Company X, an award-winning global leader in the xxx, xxx and xxx of xxx seeks a motivated, proactive, Marketing Specialist to develop marketing materials and website content, design ads, and generally, support the work of the marketing function. The successful candidate has a degree in marketing, and 1-3 years experience in advertising, website development, and Internet competitive research.
The successful candidate is an independent self-starter, creative, customer service oriented, and writes well, Must be familiar with web design software such as Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator. Company X offers a competitive salary and a generous benefits package. Please send resume with salary requirements to the HR Recruiter.
This posting enables you to screen resumes and evaluate potential candidates. The job posting ensures that you don’t settle for a person who is less qualified than the individual you were seeking. Or, you may occasionally decide that you underpriced the market in terms of the qualifications you seek at the salary you want to pay.
In a recent search for a Planning and Scheduling Supervisor, as an example, a manufacturing company found that the $60,000 they wanted to pay the chosen employee, will not attract the qualified person they had hoped to find for the job. Their best applicants already make $75,000 as stated in their cover letters and on their resumes.
All of this information helps you scan resumes more quickly. The information and preparation help you narrow down the many resumes to the chosen few resumes with greater accuracy. This preparation makes resume review relatively painless.
The preparation for resume review enables you to get down to the serious job of applicant resume review quickly. Set aside a block of time whenever possible. Part of resume screening is comparing one candidate’s qualifications and credentials to those listed in the other resumes you have received. Additionally, with the use of electronic applications and recruiting websites that accept applications, resume screening has taken on new dimensions.
Some of the traditional devices used to screen resumes no longer bear the weight they once did. These include the quality of the stationery, the design of the actual document, and the envelope in which the documents arrived. Still viable for mailed-in resumes, these are useless for electronic applications, especially applications from job boards that can lose their formatting.
In a typical website job application, you will fill out a form to apply and then the company supplies a button that allows you to attach your resume and cover letter. Employers can read these applications online and forward the link to members of the screening committee. Some employers and screeners still print the application; others read the resumes online.
Other resume screening techniques never go out of style, including the search for proper spelling and grammar. Your quick, first skim of the resume should yield an overall impression of your candidate's carefulness and attention to detail.
Potential employees, who make careless mistakes in application materials such as resumes, do not warrant the attention that a more careful candidate deserves. Assuming the candidate's resume passes an initial inspection, this is the recommended process for reviewing resumes.
The more you review resumes, the better your resume review will become. With practice, you may begin to refer to your resume review as gone in twenty seconds, or even, gone in ten seconds, while your resume review continues to yield great candidates.
Review your resume before you apply After applying, the hiring agency uses the information in your resume to verify if you have the required qualifications.
You’ve spent time developing your resume, you’ve decided on a page length, and you’ve tailored your skills as much as possible to the job. That’s all you need to do, right? Well, there’s a few more steps you can take.
Reviewing your resume can be a tiresome process – who wants to reread something you’ve already spent so long on? Trust me, I get it. I hate doing reviews and I hate editing. However, the review process is arguably one of the most influential parts of the process.
A resume review allows you to take a step back and see the impression your resume leaves on someone when read in its final form. Something we can all struggle with when writing resumes is focusing on its segments and not taking a minute to see the bigger picture. You might find that your skills section needs refinement in light of your achievements section and so on. We’ve heard it all before but we don’t listen. The reality is, you need to proofread.
We’ve analysed hundreds of resumes from our users and spoke with recruiters on the common mistakes people make. Our post on resume mistakes to avoid in 2018 talks about this in detail, but in brief it’s best to:
One of Enhancv’s premiere features is our content analyzer. It catches errors such as spelling mistakes and will give you tips on how to improve your content. For example, if you’ve forgotten to quantify an achievement you’ve listed, the content analyzer will flag this with you. It’s based on thousands of resumes and will ensure you’re putting your best-foot-forward.
Getting the opinions of your friends and colleagues on your resume can be incredibly influential. One of the best things you can do is send your resume to someone that has previously worked in your potential role, a recruiter, or those that work in the company you’re applying to. To do this, you can research the company on LinkedIn or join Facebook Groups for employees with the company in question. Simply reach out with an introductory message and ask if they’d have time to give an opinion on your resume.
With Enhancv, you can utilize the built-in referral link that allows your friends and colleagues to add comments that can be addressed by you later.
There are many resume review services available online. Accessing these will give you an expert’s opinion on how well you’ve constructed your resume. One thing to remember when using these services is everything that has been innovative has violated expert opinion. While getting the feedback of people who have worked in this field is helpful, it is not all-knowing.
We believe it is best when you write your own resume rather than paying someone to do it for you. There’s no one that knows your career history as well as you.
Before writing your resume, set a checklist of things you want it to accomplish. For example, you want to describe your significant achievements in your last role, convey your culture fit by describing your personality through interests and so on. Once you’ve written your resume, review it with your checklist in front of you. This way you can ensure you haven’t forgotten to address key points. You should also always keep the job description in mind. This sets out the general duties that will be expected of you and the competencies you need to perform well. Use this as a guide to package your experience and highlight the most relevant accomplishments. Above all else, review your resume in light of four main questions:
Compared to external reviews, resume quizzes can give you all the feedback you need without the cost of hiring an expert and the pressure to automatically conform to advice. Quizzes act as a third-party checklist from which you can benchmark how well you’ve crafted your resume against industry standards. We recently launched our resume grader that questions how well you’ve utilised your resume space, how effectively you’ve linked your experience in, and more.
Tip: Continually use the resume grader as you make edits to your resume until you’ve perfected it.
Taking time to sleep on things and editing your resume after moving away from the screen will do wonders for spotting mistakes. Think about all of the assignments you’ve written in college, how many benefited from taking a step back and revisiting it later?
Taking fresh eyes to your resume will mimic the experience of a third-party reading your resume. Something I like to do is take enough time away from my resume that I forget what I’ve written on it. This way, it’s like I’m reading something someone else wrote, and the mistakes stand out more clearly.
There are many things that recruiters hate to see on your resume. Without taking the time to write your resume, take a step away, and review it in light of industry standards and expectations, your opportunities will suffer. There’s no need to get overwhelmed, however. We’ve given you six ways to review your resume – and they’re easy to do! So go out there, review your resume, and apply for your dream job with confidence.
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We discussed the importance of creating an email cover letter in our previous post, Five Steps to a Standout Resume Email, and thought would be helpful to our job-seeking readers to provide some examples to use as a starting point for your next email cover letter.
The examples below come from real-life job seeker emails, although we’ve altered the details and contact information. Whether you prefer a “salesy” approach or you’re more of a “direct and to the point” kind of person, choose the template that suits your style. Just be sure to include these key elements in your email cover letter.
Without a signature at the end of your email cover letter, you could be missing out on incredible potential job opportunities. This quick snippet of your contact information makes it easy for recruiters and hiring managers alike to contact you.
When it comes to deciding between a physical signature and a name sign-off, there are benefits to either option. With a name sign-off, you can use a digital signature service like Eversign and RightSignature to give your cover letter that personal touch.
If you’d prefer to include just a regular email signature, make sure to include your full name, email and phone number. You can also consider adding a LinkedIn button so the hiring manager can have more insight on your experience and skill set.
Wondering how to format your email cover letter? You’re not alone. Once you’ve written your incredible cover letter providing more information on your expertise and how it relates to the job you’re applying for, it’s vital to format it correctly before sending it to any recruiters. If it isn’t formatted correctly, you could be missing out on the job opportunity.
Regardless of the cover letter template you’ve chosen, make sure to include these key components when formatting your email cover letter:
If you’re looking for more guidance on cover letters, here are our top tips specific to legal professions.
Example #1: If you prefer to keep it brief.
Subject Line: Interest in Litigation Associate Position
To Whom It May Concern:
I am interested in the Litigation Associate position advertised on LinkedIn. I have attached my resume and cover letter for your review.
Thank you for your time. I look forward to hearing from you.
First Last Name
Example #2: If you’re relocating to the city where the job opportunity is located.
Subject Line: Expressing Interest and Relocating Near Litigation Secretary Position
Dear Hiring Manager,
I’m writing to express my interest in the Litigation Secretary position listed on Monster.com. My resume is attached for your review and consideration.
I am a fast learner, very dependable, organized, and computer savvy. I have extensive experience assisting firm attorneys and multiple paralegals, as well as supervising and managing an office. While I currently reside in Los Angeles, I will be moving to San Francisco at the end of the month.
I look forward to the opportunity to meet with you to learn more about your firm, its plans and goals, and how I might contribute to its continued success. I can be your ideal candidate if given this opportunity. Thank you.
First Last Name
Example #3: If a colleague referred you.
Subject Line: John Mentioned Your Firm is Seeking a Litigation Secretary
I was referred to you by a mutual acquaintance, John Smith, who said you have an opening for a litigation secretary. I have many years of experience as a litigation secretary, most of them working with managing partners. I am a professional looking for a career, not just a job. I am organized, reliable and self-motivated. I like being part of a team, but can also work independently.
Included with this e-mail is a copy of my resume for your review and consideration. Once you have had an opportunity to review my resume, please contact me if you have any questions or to arrange an interview. I look forward to speaking with you in the near future.
Thank you for your time,
First Last Name
Example # 4: If you’ve been at your current position for less than one year.
Subject Line: Experienced Legal Secretary Seeking Long-term Opportunity with Stable Litigation Firm
Please allow this introduction. My name is Jane Smith, and I have 12 years of legal secretarial experience working with managing partners of small, mid- and large-sized law firms. My current typing speed is 105 wpm from written form and 120 wpm from live dictation with the utmost accuracy. I am interested in the Litigation Secretary position advertised on your firm’s website.
I am currently working for a small civil litigation firm. However, after only 11 months in this position, the financial stability of the firm has significantly changed. Therefore I am seeking long-term tenure with a stable civil litigation firm.
Attached please find my resume and list of references. If you are interested in the professional skills and positive attributes I can contribute to your firm, please contact me at [phone number] at your convenience to schedule an interview.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
First Last Name
Example #5: If you want to be dazzle the hiring manager with your qualifications.
Subject Line: Do you need a conscientious paralegal at your firm?
Dear Recruiting Administrator:
Do you need a hardworking, creative and conscientious paralegal to meet your firm’s needs? If so, I can help you. The following is a summary of my qualifications:
I would like to meet with you to discuss how I might assist your firm in fulfilling its present needs. My resume is enclosed for your review. If you need someone who is highly motivated, eager to learn, and willing to work hard to succeed, please contact me at [phone] or via e-mail: [email].
Thank you for your time and consideration,
First Last Name
They say the first impression is a lasting one- so make sure your digital introduction represents you well. Use your best judgement with each position you apply to; for an entry level position keep your cover letter more concise while go into further depth and providing more information with upper level positions.
These examples are meant to be a starting point only – add your own voice, style and experience to make your own standout (or at least solid) email cover letter.
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Some postings allow you to post both a resume and cover letter. I have attached my cover letter and resume for your review and I believe that you will find that.
One of the most popular topics on Glassdoor’s blog? How to write a great resume. It’s no surprise, really — with resumes usually being the first impression recruiters and hiring managers have of you, it’s undoubtedly the most important document in the job search
Knowing this, we often write articles about how to craft a great resume. But in addition, you can also use Glassdoor to get free, personalized feedback on your specific resume. Here’s how it works: Glassdoor offers you the opportunity to upload your resume to the site — this way, it’s a snap to apply to jobs from whatever device is in reach. After you’ve uploaded your resume, you’ll notice an invitation to submit to a free TopResume review.
Amanda Augustine, career advice expert at TopResume, explains: “TopResume reviews millions of resumes every year. . . We partner with job boards, and speak with hiring managers and recruiters to better understand what makes an effective resume, and funnel that feedback back into our service.”
Learn Augustine’s advice for getting the most out of your TopResume feedback below.
Writing your resume is intimidating — it’s a vital step in the process, yet the rules by which it’s judged often seem arbitrary. Augustine sympathizes: “There are so many rules when it comes to writing a resume that will beat the robots (i.e. the applicant tracking system) and entice a recruiter. . . Use your review as a gut-check to make sure your resume is headed in the right direction and to guide your edits.”
The TopResume review provides that gut-check by offering a two-part analysis. The first part evaluates content and design. Augustine explains: “[W]e provide objective feedback on what your resume is doing well and where it is missing the mark, from both a content and design perspective. For instance, many job seekers focus on detailing their tasks [from their former job], rather than explaining the results of their work. Others are missing key components, such as a professional summary where relevant keywords are usually peppered in. And still others go overboard with the design, making it challenging for a recruiter to quickly skim a resume and pick out the important information.”
Here’s What the Perfect Resume Looks Like
The second part of the TopResume review is all about the applicant tracking system (ATS) which Augustine refers to as the “dreaded bots,” that “scan, store and rank job applications.” Augustine points out that 90 percent of Fortune 500 companies use ATS software. She explains: “Its job is to interpret the information in your resume to determine what skills and experience you possess, and eliminate the job applications that are not a fit for the role.”
Augustine explains how this part of the review can help you revise your resume: “One of the most valuable components of our free resume review is the ATS scan. In this section, we show you exactly how the ATS will summarize your experience, what information it picks up (and misses) and which skills it believes best describe your expertise. For instance, here at TopResume, we’ve found that 10 percent of those who submit their resumes for review are using a resume where portions of their contact information cannot be detected by the ATS. Once you know what’s being lost in translation with the ATS, you can take steps to fix it.”
To get past the ATS, Augustine advises:
Augustine explains that one of the most common issues she sees is candidates underselling themselves. She points out: “They look at their resume and think of it as a record of their work history, when, in fact, it should be treated as a marketing tool and an opportunity to tell their career story as it relates to their job goals.” She encourages job seekers to change their focus: “Employers care about how you’ve contributed and what you’ve accomplished, as they assume your past performance indicates how you will benefit another company in the future.”
Another key priority is writing your resume with the ATS software in mind. Augustine explains: “Applicant tracking systems are complicated software programs that aren’t able to read between the lines on your resume. You have to understand how they read and interpret your resume — or work with a professional who does — to ensure your final resume will make it past this initial electronic gatekeeper.”
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Augustine explains what a great resume looks like to her: “A great resume clearly explains what job you’re targeting and why you’re qualified for that position. It highlights your measurable success by detailing the results of your work. The content within the resume is curated to focus on the details your future hiring manager will care about because they’re relevant to the role you’re pursuing. The design is clean and simple so it’s visually appealing, and easy to skim and interpret. And, your resume is formatted appropriately and optimized with keywords to ensure the ATS will properly identify your key skills and experience.”
Augustine know how it feels to be on the hunt. She writes: “I want job seekers to know that they’re not alone. If you’re feeling stuck, don’t be afraid to ask for help. There are plenty of free services and resources available to help you keep your job search on track.”
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