Acing your application: Do’s and don’ts of CVs and cover letters

Kelly Tobin, recruitment manager for Engility, explains the do’s and don’ts of CVs and cover letters

You should plan your approach and strategy when embarking on a job search — whether you’re a passive seeker or unemployed and actively looking.

But there are countless things to consider when applying for a job. How many pages should your CV be? Should you include an objective statement? Kelly Tobin, recruitment manager for Engility International Development, provides an insider look at what recruiters prefer in this Devex webinar.

It’s a good idea to draft multiple versions of your resume; one can serve as a general CV to  hand out at career fairs or uploading to company databases, while the other should be tailored for specific purposes. For recruiters who receive on average one email every five minutes, the extra effort to tailor a resume will go a long way.

And because recruiters are distracted by other pressing priorities, it’s OK to follow up on an application — but try to keep it to no more than three times, Tobin suggested, and let a week or so go in between emails or calls.

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    Kelli Rogers

    Kelli Rogers is a global development reporter for Devex. Based in Bangkok, she covers disaster and crisis response, innovation, women’s rights, and development trends throughout Asia. Prior to her current post, she covered leadership, careers, and the USAID implementer community from Washington, D.C. Previously, she reported on social and environmental issues from Nairobi, Kenya. Kelli holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri, and has since reported from more than 20 countries.