Does my Resume and Cover Letter even matter?

Let me be frank with you.
Your resume and cover letter may not matter!

So many people spend so much time making changes to their résumés and/or cover letters that it probably doesn’t mean much. Keep in mind that this is all relative, and you won’t sell yourself with just any résumé. But once it’s solid, be at peace with it.

Unless you are making a significant career change, more than likely it won’t make a difference if your résumé is one page or two pages, if it has a functional summary for each job or not, if your education is at the top or on the bottom, if you add/remove your cover letter, or if you move a bullet from here to there.

Even when it’s perfectly fine, candidates consider moving this section, adding that summary, taking this out, and leaving that in. And although all these factors may be important, the perfect résumé will not be the answer to your prayers in your quest. The point is that you can’t rely on a simple document to do the work for you.

Recruiters and hiring managers scan a résumé for an average of six seconds!
— http://www.businessinsider.com/hiring-manager-reviews-resumes-research-2016-10

Your search is more than just your résumé and/or cover letter.

In order for you to get the job that you want and to be paid to be who you are, you have to put the work in. It certainly is not just about what you know. Instead, take action. Be aggressive (but with tact) about making your phone calls, delivering your “elevator pitch,” building your network, or sending e-mails. In essence, you need to build platforms where you can be seen and heard so that everyone will know what you bring to the table.

Be bold and courageous. Use the 4 Coaching Commitments and determine how will you share your gifts and talents so that everyone knows what you can do.  Comment or use any of the social media shares below.

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