September 17, 2015

Resume Style 101 ... Creating your personalized letterhead

On Tuesday, I wrote about how you can use font selection and font styles to update the look of your resume and highlight relevant information.

Continuing with the theme of updating your resume style, today I will be talking about personalized letterhead, why you need it, and how you can create your own.

In a nutshell, your personalized letterhead is the way you style and layout your name and contact information. And it becomes letterhead when you use it on multiple documents.

So why do you need a personalized letterhead?

There are two main reasons. First, it presents a professional image and is a good habit to develop when you begin working. Second, it ensures consistency and can be used on a variety of documents, including resumes, cover letters, and reference lists.

To get started with creating your personalized letterhead, download TheHiringHotline.com's letterhead templates and personalize each option with your name and contact information.

Note: you will notice that I have omitted a space for your address. I have done this deliberately as you don't really need to include your address with your resume, cover letter, or reference lists. Years ago when employers communicated via fax and snail mail, including your address was necessary. Now that most communication is done via email or telephone, you can omit your address unless it is necessary (e.g. government grants or targeted hiring for employees from certain postal codes).

Once you have personalized each option, cut and paste each one into your current resume and decide which version you prefer. You might notice that you like one version initially but that it doesn't quite work with your resume layout.

After making a decision on the style of your letterhead, make any last minute tweaks to make it exactly the way you want it and to ensure that it fits within your overall resume style.

And that's it. You've now got your own personalized letterhead that you can use on your cover letters and reference lists.