Resume, Cover Letter, and LinkedIn Tips
They are tedious, and they are challenging, but we shouldn’t sigh so much at the thought of creating a resume, or a cover letter, for that dream grad job. Essentially, that one-page (two-page max) piece of paper opens pathways to an amazing career, and can really standout from the crowd if you are willing to put the time and effort into making one. Additionally, a cover letter is like the icing on a cake, and should also have time spent on it. As for LinkedIn, this is also an essential tool to sell yourself!
On the 18 May, UQBA held a ‘Professional Development Workshop’, where we collaborated with CPA to devise tips on how to really nail your resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile. The tips were aplenty; special shout out to Jess Langfeldt, UQBA’s Careers and Education Director, for the organisation of this insightful event. So, without further ado, here are the killer tricks to own that resume, kick-butt with your cover letter, and load-up that LinkedIn!
- All resumes should have a summary paragraph at the beginning. Ideally, this should highlight your best skills and achievements.
- List your experience in reverse chronological order.
- Tailor it to fit the job description.
- Do not include your hobbies. You like keeping fit? Cool, but XY Company is not that interested.
- Please, no photos.
- A date-of-birth is not necessary.
- Try to avoid a lengthy resume; the general rule is two pages max!
- Do not drop buzzwords or clichés.
- Have clear, distinct headings.
- Write it in first person, and be accurate with spelling, grammar and fluency.
- Be contactable; so answer your mobile phone!
- Include two references; usually lecturers or tutors are sound for grad applications. Alternatively, do not disclose referees and simply put ‘available on request.’
- Add your linked in profile.
Cover Letter Tips
- Do not use a generic one and send it to X amount of companies. Make the effort to tailor it.
- Try to address it to a person, this shows effort.
- Make the first paragraph stand out. Here, you can include details that you didn’t disclose in your resume.
- Make sure you have a professional email address; a Google one is preferable over Hotmail.
- Have a professional-looking picture, and it is totally ok to smile.
- Use the ‘headline’ and ‘summary’ to sell yourself!
- Add all your experience; this includes volunteer work.
- Make sure you include education, and achievements.
- Get endorsed.
- Ask people to write recommendations about you!
Overall, the evening was so helpful, and everyone who attended learnt so much! UQBA would really like to thank Andrea Wallace from CPA for all her incredible advice, and amazing presentation skills. Resumes, cover letters, and LinkedIn are not scary anymore for the attendees of the workshop. For those who missed out, use this as your guide, and hopefully grad opportunities come knocking!