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Should you always use a cover letter with your resume?

A survey conducted by CareerBuilder.com revealed that 20% of hiring managers automatically dismiss any resume submitted without a cover letter. Therefore, it is always a good idea to include a cover letter with your resume if you want to ensure your resume will be looked at.

Although many job experts admit to going straight to an applicant’s resume without looking at their cover letter, it looks more professional when the job seeker takes the extra step to include one.

With a cover letter, the applicant has an additional opportunity to concisely explain their objective, answer any questions that may have been in the job posting to which they are applying, and address anything that wasn’t included in their resume.

Consider letting MCK Resume Services help you come up with a killer combination resume and cover letter that will get you noticed.

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Should your resume fit on one page?

There was a time when it was believed that interviewers would not look at your resume if it extended beyond one page. This is no longer the case.

“Times have changed,” says Kim Isaacs, career expert for Monster.com.  “The new guideline is: A resume should be long enough to entice hiring managers to call you for job interviews.”

A one page resume may be perfect for an entry-level applicant whose background doesn’t stretch beyond a single page, or perhaps a person who has remained with the same company for many years.

There is no steadfast resume length rule that fits everyone. Some factors you will need to consider include: career objective, industry, level of experience, number of employers, key accomplishments and education/training.

Therefore, don’t be afraid to type beyond one page if your career story has more to say. Teeny-tiny font size is more difficult (and annoying) for hiring managers to deal with than flipping a page.

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