One of the most important things when writing a resume or cover letter is to be clear and compelling.
Clarity refers to:
- the structure of your sentences and paragraphs;
- the way you describe your motivations, your qualifications and your accomplishments; and
- the underlying ideas you’re trying to communicate.
A clear message is necessary for a compelling one. In addition to clarity, a compelling message needs to connect with the reader by focusing of key elements that matter to him or her.
Before starting to write, reflect on your values, what matters to you, your strengths, your accomplishments, some highlights of your life and career. These will form the underlying current of your writing and will help you craft a message that is authentic. Once you’ve done your reflection, write with conviction, put weight behind each word and reach out to the reader.
Your ideas will not always be fully organized when you start writing, but that’s fine. As you write and put your thoughts on paper, you will be able to make connections and reflect further. This is the process of drafting, going through many versions, each version getting you closer to your end goal.
Since the resume and the cover letter are so critical to your job search and henceforth your career progression, you should take your time to go through as many drafts as needed to come up with a base document that you can then tailor to each specific position you apply to.
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