What Your Resume and Cover Letter Should Look Like in 2021

Cover letter and resume design

Yes, cover letters matter. If you want your job application to stand out in the challenging job market of 2021, you must cover all ends and create a stellar cover letter and resume. The current global pandemic and the resultant economic recession have drastically changed the current job market.

Several employees were either let go, laid off, or even fired during the last year. As we enter 2021, it is necessary that all job seekers dump the old tips and write their cover letter and resume with new, exciting tips in mind.

In this article, we look at some of the most actionable tips you can follow while writing and designing your resume and cover letter in 2021. Step out of the cookie-cutter approach and be as flexible as you possibly can.

Make the Cover Letter Aesthetic and Match It with Your Resume

Regardless of how well you’ve written your letter or how compelling your story is, your cover letter will not hit the sweet spot if it lacks the required aesthetics. An ugly cover letter that doesn’t stand in congruence with your resume will have to leave the desired impact. Here’s how you can spice up the letter and make it more attractive and readable:

  • Fonts: Choose and maintain an aesthetic font of your choice across both, your resume and cover letter. Also, don’t set the font size below 12 and maintain appropriate spacing. Cramped words should be avoided like the plague.
  • Margins: Appropriate margins from 1 to 1.5 inches can help your case. Margins help make your cover letter look full, without being stuffed with words.

Additionally, the font styles, color tones, and sizes you pick for your resume should match those in your cover letter.

Keep It Down to One Page

Hiring managers are often short on time, and might not be interested in reading a multi-page cover letter with incessant rambling. Stick to the point and be precise in what you write. As a rule of thumb, the cover letter should be kept down to one page, which is about 300 to 500 words. Short cover letter examples online can help you keep your content limited to a page.

Have Unique Cover Letters for Different Jobs

Since most people apply for multiple jobs at one time, you might be tempted to send the same cover letter everywhere. However, with enhanced competition in the job market, you should try to write unique letters for every job opportunity. Minimize the fluff and ensure that the cover letter is true to the role.

Writing cover letters isn’t exciting by any stretch of the imagination, but it can sure help you represent yourself as a consummate professional with expertise in the industry. Once you build that rapport, you can get a job of your liking in 2021.

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What Your Resume and Cover Letter Should Look Like in 2021

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