Dawn Dugan specializes in writing books, articles, white papers, reports and special communications for the human resources industry. She is the co-author of Effective Executive Compensation, which was published by AMACOM in 2008. Read more...
Your cover letter and resume are your first impression. A cover letter that is rife with grammatical errors paired with a resume that is unfocused and poorly formatted will make it no further than the circular file.
Rather than make a bunch of generic copies of your resume, customize both your cover letter and resume for every job you apply for.
The more specifically your skills, knowledge, and experience match a particular job, the more likely you are to get a second look.