Getting Feedback on your Résumé, CV, and Cover Letter
Book a critique appointment through the Student Experience Portal (trentu.ca/sep)
Also, find someone who works in the field you are applying to and ask them for their feedback on your documents. You may want to give them the following questions to guide them:
- Does it create an interest in meeting me?
- Is it clear what position I am applying for?
- Does it tell you what I have to offer that sets me apart from other applicants?
- Does my enthusiasm for the position and the organization come through?
- Have I stuck to talking about skills, education and experiences that are relevant?
- Is it free from spelling errors, typos, or improper grammar or awkward wording?
- Is it free from unnecessary words or sentences?
- Does it communicate my strengths with confidence without appearing arrogant?
Email etiquette when sending your applications
- Include both a brief email message, cover letter and résumé
- Combine the cover letter and résumé into one document
- Use a relevant subject line and reference a job posting number if there is one.
- Use appropriate language - friendly but not too familiar
- avoid slang expressions
- forget about using “smileys” or “emoticons”
- write in complete sentences
On-line application system
Most large organizations use on-line recruiting systems for accepting applications, and sorting or screening them. These systems update job posting regularly so be sure to check the web site regularly and apply to postings that you are interested in.
On-line application forms
- Take your time and answer all questions - if you omit an item that the employer is looking for, you may be electronically screened out
- Where possible, write a draft in word processing so that you can spell check, then copy and paste into the application form
- Use appropriate language
- Save your work regularly so that you do not lose it
- Remember to proofread everything before you press “Send”