Additional Tips for Creating Successful Resumes and Cover Letters
Conduct research on the employer – Look at their website, LinkedIn accounts, or run a simple google search. Look specifically
for any interesting pieces of information that might be helpful during an interview,
such as company mission statements, number of employees, etc. By doing initial research,
you are demonstrating an aspect of your work ethic, an attention to detail, and a
willingness to go above and beyond other potential candidates.
Remember to always review your resume and cover letter for errors – Carefully read both multiple times. Read out loud and give to others to
read, too, in order to catch all errors. Also, remember that you can bring your
resume and cover letter to the Aims Writing Center for professional review.
Submit your resume and cover letter to several company representatives – In many cases, Human Resources is not in the ultimate decision maker in hiring
new employees. Thus, always submit a cover letter and resume to the hiring manager
as well as human resources. This is especially important at larger companies or organizations
where human resources may mistakenly screen out your application materials for miscellaneous
If you submit your application, cover letter, and resume electronically, also send
a hardcopy to the hiring manager – Submission of a hardcopy essentially forces someone to look at your materials.
Oftentimes, the name and contact information of the hiring manager can be found online.
Follow up within a day or two of submitting your cover letter and resume – You can send an email or directly call the HR department and simply say “I
recently submitted an application for (position) and would like to confirm that my
materials have been received.”
Following an interview, always send a thank you note/letter to the hiring manager
– Doing so demonstrates, again, your enthusiasm for the position and reiterates your
interest in the becoming a part of the company. Thoughtful actions, such as follow
up phone calls, emails, and thank you letters will set you apart from other applicants.