What else should a cover look like? Says a gatekeeper for a major consulting firm, "It should be short and should speak to any issues that might need more of an explanation than can be addressed in a resume." As for the resume "skills and education should be very clear." "Many applicants think fancy is better," comments another interviewer, "when in fact, simple usually looks more professional and appealing."
Vault.com has had the opportunity to speak to several recruiters and human resources personnel about what they look for in a physical resume. "When in doubt, keep things simple," one HR professional warns. "Frequently, we see spelling or grammar mistakes. Oftentimes on cover letters, a student will be working from a template and forget to change one of the names or addresses on the template to reflect the appropriate recipient information."