PRESENT YOURSELF a Include a clear, hard-hitting statement at the very top of the resume that effectively defines who you are, keeping the specific position in mind. b Format your resume so that it is pleasing to the eye but doesnt focus more on visuals than content. c Tune your resume to this specific role, with substantiating detail that shows why you are a great fit for the position, One way to do this is by including all of your skills and experience that are relevant to the job youre applying for. d Use words and phrases like a ccomplished, developed, managed, and team player in the natural language of the document. e Make your resume long enough to tell your story, but short enough to skim in a single sitting, Smith-Proulx says. The key is readability and relevance to the job youre targeting. f About half of all HR reps say they wont even read a resume if the candidate hasnt submitted a cover letter. So, unless the employer explicitly says they dont want a cover letter, write one.