Resumes & Cover Letters

"You MUST have a Resume Cover Letter!" I'm sure you have heard this many times before.

Ever wonder what's so important about creating a Resume & Cover Letter??

The Resume is a selling tool that is used to do one thing and one thing only. Get you an INTERVIEW! The Resume outlines your skills and experiences allowing the employer to get an idea as to how you can contribute to the employer's workplace. Your Resume is one of the most important ways to market yourself.  Although you may have all of the requirements for a specific job, your resume will be a failure if the employer does not within 10-30 seconds decide "he/she has what it takes". 

Check out Resume Writing and Key Resume Action Verbs to get started on writing that perfect resume today! 

 

CREATING A COVER LETTER

A Cover Letter allows a potential employer to be introduced to you and your resume. It is the first document an employer sees, therefore serving as your first impression and also allows the employer to get a more comprehensive look at who you are and why you are qualified for the job. This being your first impression you want to take advantage of the opportunity and prepare the reader for your application, state why you are you writing, why you are a good match for their organization/company, and when you intend to contact them.

Cover Letters do more that just introduce your resume, there are a number of things that a Cover Letter should include, your ability to:

A Cover Letter should explain your experiences in a story-like format that works with the information you've provided in your resume.

A Cover Letter should allow you to go in-depth about important experiences/skills and relate them to job experiences.

A Cover Letter should show the employer that you are tailoring the job application and making it your own.

A Cover Letter should display your written communication skills.

GETTING READY TO WRITE YOUR COVER LETTER

During job search process writing a Cover letter can be very challenging. You are challenged to create a document about yourself that is not selfish and self-centered. But DON'T WORRY,  we have all the tools necessary to aid you in this process. Follow these simple guidelines and you'll be on your way to creating an excellent Cover Letter.

THE HEADING

 

  • Your Contact Information
  • Your name
  • Local Address
  • Phone Number
  • Email Address
  • Fax Number (if applies)
     

 

THE DATE
  • Include Date: month/day/year
     
THE ADDRESS OF COMPANY
  • Name of specific person
  • Title (if available)
  • Address of company


 
THE STRUCTURE
  • Leave space between heading (your contact info.) and name of specific person ("Dear Mr. Katzburg")
  • Use 1 inch margins all around the document
  • Single space your letter
  • Leave a space between each paragraph
  • Make sure letter is in the middle of the page
  • Leave three spaces between the closing ("sincerely") and your typed name


 
THE INTRODUCTION
  • Include the individuals name
  • Make sure to let them know WHO you are and WHY you are writing them
  • Don't forget to include the position you are applying for
  • Briefly identify how your skills, values, and goals would fit well within the organization
  • Briefly state how you will contribute and help the organization
  • Be Positive

 
THE BODY
  • The body allows you to persuade those reading why you are the perfect candidate
  • Do NOT include irrelevant details about the past.
  • Remember your resume is a resource you are using to support your cover letter.
  • Include strong reasons why you should be hired
  • Do NOT explain the entire resume remember it's a source of data only
  • Display the most important and relevant skills that will help you get the job
  • Impression Tip: Use the companies verbiage (specific wording) used on the job advertisement, description, or company web site


 

THE CLOSING STATEMENT
  • Restates your main points and reasons why you are the right match
  • Restates your skills and experiences that will show your alignment with the organization
  • Make sure you have included your phone number and email
  • Let employers know when you plan on contacting them next
  • IMPORTANT: Thank the readers for taking your application into consideration

Before sending your Cover Letter
PROOFREAD! PROOFREAD! PROOFREAD!

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