Crafting a Winning First Impression

By Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Your resume and cover letter are often the way you create a great first impression. Here is what to zero in on.

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I’m Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. People hire me for No BS job search coaching and career advice globally because I make finding work first impressionsand succeeding much easier. Today’s topic is a game-changer when it comes to landing a new job whether through a career transition or a job change: crafting a winning first impression through your resume and cover letter when transitioning to a new career. Now, let’s dive into how you can make these documents work wonders for you.” Your resume is your professional story condensed into one document

Here’s how to tailor it effectively.” Prioritize those work experiences that align with your new career or the job you are applying for. Highlight key aspects from your past roles that resonate with your target industry. Remember, quality over quantity!” Highlight skills from your previous career or jobs that can be seamlessly applied to the new one. Think project management, leadership, communication – these are golden!” Make your resume stand out by including any industry-specific terms and job titles. This catches the eye of applicant tracking systems and hiring managers, particularly if you use them earlier in your resume and more than once. “Quantify Achievements – Numbers speak volumes! Showcase your impact by quantifying your achievements with specific metrics or percentages.” Mention relevant education or certifications that prep you for the new career. Highlight courses or certifications directly related to the industry.” Consider adding a concise pitch highlighting your strengths and value for the specific role. It’s your elevator pitch!”


As for a cover letter, consider it the appetizer for your resume as the main meal. Customization is key! Tailor each cover letter to the job and company you’re applying to. Address the hiring manager by name and mention the role and company early on.” If you are doing a career transition, explain it!– Briefly touch on your career change and the steps you’ve taken to prepare for it. Show your desire and motivation Highlight relevant skills and experiences upfront. Connect your past experiences to the new role’s requirements.” Explain how your background benefits the hiring manager.  Express your excitement for the role and how your skills align with their success. Passion speaks volumes!” Back up your claims with specific examples from your experience. 

Show them why you’re the perfect fit.” Remember, speak and write like you are talking to a co-worker you like. Keep it concise! Your resume and cover letter are living documents; tailor them for each application. This will up your chances of landing that interview!”

I’m Jeff Altman, you can find more from me at JobSearch.Community plus get answers to questions from me daily by becoming an Insider or Insider+ member. Connect with me on LinkedIn at Have a terrific day and be great!


People hire Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter to provide No BS Career Advice globally because he makes many things in peoples’ careers easier. Those things can involve job search,

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

hiring more effectively, managing and leading better, career transition, as well as advice about resolving workplace issues. 

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