Tips and tricks from a career expert to make your resume and cover letter stand out.

By Real Simple
Updated May 21, 2015

Dear Class of 2015 Graduate: No, you're not the only person who hasn't landed a job yet. And if you're faced with the difficult task of creating countless resumes and cover letters for the first few months of your summer, this week's "Adulthood Made Easy" has a few must-know tips from Lauren Rikleen, president of the Rikleen Institute for Strategic Leadership and author of You Raised Us, Now Work With Us ($20,

When crafting your resume, remember a few things: rarely will an employer care about your high school activities. Instead, the resume should be personalized to the job. You also want to avoid seriously small font, even if you're struggling to fit it on one page. Need an easy tip for personalizing your resume? Do a quick search on the job description to see skills and requirements that stand out, and make sure those same words appear on your resume. For more advice, including the best structure for the dreaded cover letter, listen to the full episode below. Don't forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes!