Job seekers find writing resumes and cover letters difficult for many reasons, but one of the biggest is the strategy involved when deciding what to highlight and where to include it in your resume and cover letter. Where you include your information is not trivial, because hiring managers have expectations on where to find candidate information within his/her resume and cover letter. Too many job seekers simply rewrite the information on their resumes in paragraph form and call it their cover letter. This is unappealing to hiring managers who are trying to see a complete picture of a candidate and why he/she may or may not be good for the job. Avoid making this mistake by reading our tips below on the differences between resume and cover letter information.
Resumes should be about your work history, accomplishments, skills, education, what you have been doing and how you have been successful at it. Think of your resume as the document that highlights the best of professional you. You will want to make sure your information is in bulleted form, because it will overwhelm hiring managers if it’s in full sentences and paragraphs.
Despite what others might think, a cover letter is not just a document that repeats your resume in paragraph form. Yes, cover letters are written in full sentences and paragraphs, but the information hiring managers are looking for when reading it is different from your resume. Hiring managers want to read cover letter because they are a quick introduction into you and what you can bring to the company. It is more of a “this is why I am applying and why I am qualified” document.
Writing the same information on resumes and cover letter if a huge mistake that many job seekers make. If you take the time to really think about the strategy behind resumes and cover letters, your application will better received by hiring managers.