I usually end up re-writing one section/most recent job, and try to encourage them to follow that kind of pattern, giving them resources like Alison’s article on “The #1 question your resume must answer” and other resources from here. Usually some revising around putting education at the bottom and losing the Objective statement too. And I give them a pep talk of, “Your experience is great. I can see hints of that when you say ____ and ____. But it just doesn’t come through the way it should. YOu’re awesome. Your resume should reflect that too. Here’s how.”
If you are sending your application by post then make sure that the recipient’s name, department and address details on the envelope are the same as at the top of your cover letter.
What paper to use
You should only use good quality plain white paper. Do not use coloured paper, lined paper or paper with holes in it.
Sending your cover letter as an email attachment
Use sensible filenames for your attachments . do not use something like ‘miketheman_’, also use a subject line that will make sense to the recipient and looks professional, for example use the job name or reference . ‘Office Manager Ref B234’.
Grammar and spelling mistakes
Make sure that there are none. Remember if there are any mistakes then your application is likely to be rejected immediately, recruiters will be reviewing your attention to detail and your ability to communicate in writing. Consider having a friend or colleague proof read your application.