I'm a newbie to SP and currently unemployed. (I was called back for a 3rd interview for next week!)
Just a few helpful tips:
1. Make sure you use Key Words. For instance, my job title is Clinical Research Associate but I am also called a CRA or a monitor. I make sure my resume uses all of these terms.
2. It is a good idea to quantitate achievements. Such as “I completed the project under budget, or increased sales by XYZ %. There is a difference between having experience and being good at what you do.
My resume is 2 pages. Sometimes in my field, it becomes a CV when I add publications. I was advised that there should be some white space in the CV and to use a normal size font. (Some people cram too much information and use a really tiny font.)
For the cover letter, I look at the job posting very carefully and try to match my experience with the job description and the requirements.
Finally, check out www.resumania.com. This is written by Robert Half and has some fine examples of what not to do. The resumes are real and sadly they are hilarious.
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