Preparing your resume and cover letter when applying for PSW jobs
Properly preparing your resume & cover letter when applying for PSW jobs will improve your chances of being invited for an interview.
Your resume should be short and clear. Make it one page if possible, definitely not more than two.
Include only up to date contact information – an active and correct e-mail address and a phone number that also has voicemail.
If a variety of people answer the phone at the number you have given on your resume, instruct all of them that until you land a new job, they are to answer as though they are your personal receptionist –better yet, let all phone calls go to voicemail and that way you can be sure that a message will not be forgotten – and make sure no one else can delete your voicemail.
If your address or phone number has changed, create an updated resume. Do not strike out the information with a pen and scrawl the new information in the column – this is not professional.
List your education and work experiences, especially any PSW jobs you have had. Include dates. There are lots of very nice templates out there – there’s no need to invent one on your own. Choose one that appeals to you and just use it.
If you have been a caregiver do not list the client’s full name and medical diagnosis… that’s a major breach of privacy.
Do not use coloured, patterned or fancy stationary for your resume. This is a time to stay in professional mode – you are not planning a party.
Put your best foot forward – include a cover letter with your resume:
A cover letter will set you apart. It gives you the opportunity to sell yourself to the prospective employer – to show some personality. Summarize your qualifications, and why you think you are an ideal candidate for the job. If you are applying to a number of companies then make sure you keep track of which you are applying to and for what position, and make sure you note the job description and the name of the (correct) company on the cover letter.
Spell check is a wonderful thing. Since it is readily available to everyone using a computer, it is expected that you will not have spelling errors in your work.
One applicant stated in her resume that in her role as a Church volunteer she fed snakes to small children (I could not make something like that up – absolute truth, it really happened). She said that the word snakes, was supposed to be the word snacks…
You can see how important it is to also have someone proofread your work.
If you live outside of the area where the company provides service and you are planning to move into the area, make that clear in your cover letter. Otherwise you run the real risk of having your resume tossed in the trash immediately.
I hope these tips help.
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In my next post I’ll provide some tips for preparing for the interview as well as how to conduct yourself in the interview.