Job Seekers

Résumés & Cover Letters

A well-written cover letter and résumé are your first step to making a positive impression on a potential employer and landing an interview. Below are general tips for writing a winning cover letter and résumé.  For more in depth tips, tricks, and trends, attend one of our no-cost job preparation workshops.

Well-Written Cover Letters:

  • Clarify the specific job you are applying for
  • Are addressed to the specific hiring manager within the organization
  • Briefly tell the employer the skills/experience/qualifications that make you qualified for the job
  • Entice the employer to take the next step of reading your résumé
  • Give a general overview of your interest in the job
  • Include your contact information
  • Are signed by hand

Resumes that Win Interviews Are:

  • Accompanied by a well-written cover letter
  • Targeted to each job opening/description
  • Concise, clearly stated, organized, and easy to read
  • Built to create value by identifying what unique skills/experience you bring to the employer
  • Accomplishment-oriented, with measurable or quantifiable achievements
  • Includes action verbs
  • Reviewed to verify correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation
  • Does not include information regarding your age, sex, religion, political affiliation, family, salary, Social Security Number, or health.
  • Formatted for print and electronic versions
  • Written using Chronological, Functional, or Combination résumé formats
  • Provided in plain text for an online application
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