JOB APPLICATIONS 101

February 20, 2019

Are you searching for a new job? Do you want to submit the strongest application possible? We can help! STS has compiled a short list of resume and cover letter tips that are sure to help you score an interview with your future employer.

Resume Tip #1: Generate a List of Relevant Accomplishments

The purpose of a resume is to provide a brief one-page summary of your experience, skills, and accomplishments. Make sure to review the job description thoroughly to ensure that everything you put on your resume is relevant to the position you are applying for. Place your most relevant information as close as possible to the top. When your resume is targeted to address an employer’s needs, they become confident in your ability to perform well in the job. Interview, here we come!

Resume Tip #2: Write Descriptive Phrases

Be sure to provide a clear description of your responsibilities with each experience listed on your resume. Focus less on describing the company’s mission and more on detailing your role in helping the company flourish. Start each description sentence with an action verb like create, maintain, develop, etc. Make sure to use verbs that highlight any leadership or innovation skills you may have shown on the job. A list of good action verbs can be found here.

Now that we have covered the basics of a great resume, let’s move on to cover letter tips!

Cover Letter Tip #1: Submit a Fresh Letter for Each Job

Employers can tell when applicants have sent the same cover letter to several employers and generic letters can decrease your chances of getting an interview. Think ahead and make sure to personalize your cover letter to fit the specific job you are applying to. A cover letter is your employer’s first impression of you so be sure to craft the letter in a way that it could be for no other job but that one. Make your employer feel special!

Cover Letter Tip #2: Make Meaning of Your Experiences

While the resume is a detailed list of your experiences, the cover letter is your opportunity to bring meaning and depth to those experiences. Go further than listing what you did - articulate what you learned and how your professional values have been shaped by the experience. Your cover letter is strongest when it provides insight and context into who you are. Use this opportunity to indulge on the personal qualities that make you amazing!


We are super confident that these tips will bring successful outcomes in your job application process.
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