Contact details

You should provide thorough details of your home address, phone number and email. The format of displaying your contact details should be well-aligned and neatly displayed so interested employers know where to reach you if need be.  

Structure

Keep both your resume and cover letter well-structured. All your information should be thoroughly organised and there should be a flow in your information to make it easy to read. Standardise your fonts and font size and your heading alignment so it is not confusing to read. To be more precise, for your cover letter, divide it into at most three or four paragraphs with one line spacing in between to make reading easier. . As for resumes, your work experience should be in chronological order, starting with the most recent of work experience.

Language use

Be professional in your use of language, ensure there is no grammar and spelling mistakes. Get your friends to proofread your resume and cover letter to check for erroneous sentences.

Salutations

The only place where you would need some form of salutations is in your cover letter. If you know the name of the person you are sending to, then you can use their names in your address. You can use “Dear” followed by Mr., Ms., Mrs. or Dr. and thereafter, the last name of the person of address. If you know that the person goes by Dr. or even Sir, then use those as well. It is usually standard to use Mr. for men and Ms. for women, regardless of whether they are married. However, in circumstances where you do not know the person’s name, it is best to just use “To whom it may concern” as a form of address.

Needless repetitions

Both your resume and cover letter are meant to cover different things. Your resume showcase your numerous work experiences, skills and qualifications, it does not reflect your personality, or your interest. Your cover letter will reflect that. You can make use of a cover letter to elaborate on the numerous skills and qualifications you had mentioned in your resume with supporting evidence to prove how useful your skills are to your employers.

Credentials and Achievements

Remember to be as thorough as possible when listing your credentials – which Secondary School, Polytechnic, Junior College, Institute or University you had attended, your period of candidature and the certifications and qualifications you had obtained from your studies there. Provide complete details of the classes, workshops and trainings that you had underwent at the various schools.

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