Make Your Cover Letter and Resume a Real Package

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Consistency between your resume and cover letter demonstrates your attention to detail and thoroughness. Plus, giving reviewers a coordinated package helps you convey the sense of a uniform message. That’s subtle, but it can have an impact. From the font to layout to headers, you want to present complementary documents that were obviously thoughtfully crafted by the same author.

It doesn’t matter whether you attach them as Word documents or PDFs, or paste plain-text versions into the body of an email or online application. Be sure to use asterisks, bullet points, dashes and keywords consistently, and capitalize the same words. If you’re printing out copies for an interview, use the same paper and color scheme.

Again, these are subtle, simple things. But taking the time to look professional in everything you do is a sure way to impress a hiring manager.

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