How to write your first resume – Part 2

How to write your first resume – Part 2

    This is a continuation of the How to write your first resume

Job hunt is incomplete without a covering letter. Though, the norm now is to apply via job portal. Covering letter is expected if you are applying for job from newspapers and referrals. It gives the first impression about you as a fit for the open position. Shorter it is, the better. Some companies may have covering letter to be the first level of screening if they receive overwhelming job applications.

A good covering letter can tell you how well can a candidate write. You can use covering letter to provide more meta details about you.

1. Never forward your resume to a bunch of people at one shot.
It might seem exaggerated, but I have seen people doing it.

2. Use a proper salutation.
For guidelines on proper subjects check the previous article on this series
ex:

#1
From : ashwini.ponnusamy@gmail.com
To : Saravanan@mycompany.com
Subject : Fresher Ashwini_CEG_Fresher_7.3_BTECH_IT for FrontEnd Developer at Mumbai
Hi Saravanan,

#2
From : ashwini.ponnusamy@gmail.com
To : priya@mycompany.com
Subject : Fresher Ashwini_CEG_Fresher_7.3_BTECH_IT for FrontEnd Developer at Mumbai
Hi Priya,

#3
From : ashwini.ponnusamy@gmail.com
To : careers@mycompany.com
Subject : Fresher Ashwini_CEG_Fresher_7.3_BTECH_IT for FrontEnd Developer at Mumbai
Hi,

3. You can write why you are interested in the open position.

4. If you are referred for the open position, you can mention it here rather than on the resume.

5. You can provide references from where you came to know about the positions, with a suitable time to reach.

A sample cover letter from Ashwini applying for test engineer

From : ashwini.ponnusamy@gmail.com
To : priya@mycompany.com
Subject : Fresher Ashwini_CEG_Fresher_7.3_BTECH_IT for FrontEnd Developer at Mumbai
Hi Priya,
I’m Ashwini. I happen to see your advertisement for FrontEnd Developer on https://hasjob.co with HTML5/CSS3.

Having worked in HTML5/CSS3, I hope my resume could be relevant to this position.To schedule an interview, you call me at 098XXX-XXXXX or mail to ashwini.ponnusamy@gmail.com. I thank you, for taking the time to review my resume.

A web enthusiast and Linux user. More at http://sridhar.co/

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A web enthusiast and Linux user. More at http://sridhar.co/