Design your resume with a basic font and cover letter to land a job

Job aspirants are waiting in a queue to attend their interview in a Job Fair BCCL

  • Hiring managers spend merely six seconds on each resume.
  • According to resume experts, HR professionals don’t read resumes that are without a cover letter.
  • From the recruiter’s perspective, the key details a resume should have are the applicant’s work experience, achievements, education and skills.
  • According to Indeed, the resume should be built with font size between 10 and 12 points.
A resume is the first round of an interview process, and most applicants are unfortunately rejected at this stage.

Hence, crafting a good resume and cover letter is the first essential step to land a job. From a recruiter’s perspective, it should include the applicant’s work experience, achievements, education and skills.

What are the ‘Keywords’

According to the employment search platform Indeed, a well-crafted resume should include the very keywords that are a part of the job’s description.

For instance, if you are applying for the job posting of a coder or programmer, take the words or or coding languages listed in the description and add them to your skills — if relevant.

While providing information, ensure that your text is crisp and on-point. According to researchers, hiring managers spend merely six seconds on each resume. So, one should mention the skills right away at the top of the CV instead of beating around the bush.

While you list your skills, keep the ones most relevant to the job higher. The resume can have statistics. For instance, if it is a target-based job, the resume can include numbers on what and how much you accomplished at your last job.

Cover letter

Though the resume is a way to know the applicant, a cover letter is supplements it with a brief on skills and experience. According to resume experts, HR professionals don’t read resumes that are without a covering letter.

A cover letter should briefly explain your current job role, skills and metrics to let the employer know how you fit in perfectly.

Active language

The resume should be written concisely in an active voice. “During my time in the company, I handled various team projects and coordinated well with the team members.” It can be more effectively presented like “Led various team-based projects and effectively coordinated group tasks.”

No fancy fonts

The resume should not have too many fancy fonts. It should be clear and easy to read to make it look professional. According to Indeed, the resume should be built with font size between 10 and 12 points.

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