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"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. A well-written resume showcases your most relevant professional self, and leaves the employer who reads it wanting to know more.  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". 

There is no one way to format your resume, and standards vaaary by discipline. However, there are content areas and general formatting guidelines that reflect best general practices. Check out Resume Samples  and Key Resume Action Verbs to get started on writing that perfect resume today! also has samples and templates available; contact the Counseling and Testing Center for a hardcopy template.


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.

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.

Things to keep in mind as you write:
  • Explain your experiences in a story-like format that works with the information you've provided in your resume.
  • Go in-depth about important experiences/skills and relate them to job experiences.
  • Show the employer that you are tailoring the job application and making it your own.
  • Display your written communication skills.

There are also hardcopy Cover Letter templates available upon request at the Counseling and Testing Center. 



  • Your Contact Information
  • Your name
  • Local Address
  • Phone Number
  • Email Address
  • Fax Number (if applies)
  • Include Date: month/day/year
  • Name of specific person
  • Title (if available)
  • Address of company
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • 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

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