Resumes & Cover Letters: 4 Updates to Make Now

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Marie Raperto, The Hiring Hub

Resumes and cover letters need to be updated to remain relevant. Keeping them tweaked will help in your job search. You want to adjust them to best meet the requested requirements. Here are a few things to review now:

  1.  Remote skills: Add any remote working skills or computer skills that you gained during the pandemic.
  2. Keywords: You want both your resume and cover letters to have plenty of keywords.  This will help recruiters find you and make your information more ATS friendly. Remember, keywords should be customized for each application and you should use the keywords mentioned in the ad or job description.
  3. Resume/Cover Letter/LinkedIn: Make sure all three complement each other.  One message with each adding more information.
  4. Length: Recruiters and hiring managers are spending less time reading resumes and they are doing it on various equipment.  So be concise. Cover letters should take up one-half to three quarters of a page and resumes should be two pages in length.

As summer approaches, try updating your cover letter and resume when enjoying the sunshine!