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Your CV and cover letter are your first communication with a prospective employer. As the job market is becoming increasingly competitive, making the right first impression has never been more important. If you compromise on the quality of your CV and cover letter, and you reduce your chances of winning an interview. This book, which will appeal to anyone from entry-level to board level, encompasses a step-by-step guide on how to achieve killer competitive advantage by producing an impressive CV and cover letter. The job acquisition process, which has changed significantly in recent years, is discussed fully, and effective job-hunting tactics are provided. Interviews undertaken with top HR professionals, who are often the first point of entry, outline what you need to do to impress them. Their views and opinions are provided throughout the book. The book and CD are packed with practical examples of CVs and cover letters that have worked in real-life. These individuals were struggling to win interviews prior to their CV revamp. Their new CVs secured several interviews, many of which resulted in job offers. The CD contains CV and cover letter templates, and full transcripts of interviews held with the twelve industry experts from blue chip employers such as Vodafone, Tesco, KPMG, Korn Ferry and Jonathan Wren.Contents: Introduction; About the Author; Acknowledgements; How to Use this Book; Part One: The Job-hunting Process; Chapter 1: How to Approach Job Hunting; Chapter 2: Job-Hunting Tips; Chapter 3: Staying Marketable; Part Two: CV Writing; Chapter 4: You had Better get it Right!; Chapter 5: Determining the Most Suitable CV type; Chapter 6: Heading Your CV; Chapter 7: Career Objective; Chapter 8: Profile Statement; Chapter 9: Key Skills; Chapter 10: Educational Background; Chapter 11: Achievements; Chapter 12: Work History; Chapter 13: Voluntary Work; Chapter 14: Professional Association/Memberships; Chapter 15: Publications and Patents; Chapter 16: Computer/Technical Skills; Chapter 17: Languages; Chapter 18: Additional Information; Chapter 19: References; Chapter 20: Format, Structure and Presentation; Chapter 21: Reviewing Real CVs; Chapter 22: Top CV Tips; Part Three: Cover Letter Writing; Introduction: Don't Neglect how important it is!; Chapter 23: The Importance of a Covering Letter; Chapter 24: The Marks of a Good Cover Letter; Chapter 25: Speculative Versus Specfic Cover Letters; Chapter 26: Specific Cover Letters that have Worked; Appendix; Action Words; Index.
Convey enthusiasm for the company If you are genuinely attracted to the company's brand or have used their products or services before, this is a great opportunity to say so.
Include the gaps briefly in your resume or CV, and substantiate how you have spent the time meaningfully, such as learning skills and gaining new experiences, said Lim. You can also mention the gaps briefly in the cover letter and if they're brought up during the interview, speak positively about your break, advised Suresh.
How does a cover letter compare to your resume? Your resume and cover letter complement each other but do slightly different things.
Use a simple font and black text.
"A good cover letter is one that clearly addresses the job ad and shows the applicant's qualifications," says Morgan. Another good quality of cover letters, she says, is conveying genuine interest and enthusiasm in the institution and the work.