In order to keep process and product in perspective, it may be helpful to know that a resume is a marketing tool used to promote ourselves to potential employers for the purpose of obtaining an interview.
Resume and Cover Letter Guide Table of Contents
Index for the Resume and Cover Letter Guide which will step you through the process of writing your resume and cover letters.
Resume Writing Techniques
Simply put, resumes help get us interviews. Resume writing techniques should not be thought of as correct or incorrect, but as effective or ineffective. Effectively written resumes assist us in getting the interviews we want.
Writing Effective Cover Letters
An individually typed cover letter typically accompanies each resume you send out. Your cover letter may make the difference between obtaining a job interview and having your resume ignored. It makes sense to devote the necessary time and effort to write effective cover letters.
A cover letter should complement, not duplicate your resume. Its purpose is to interpret the data-oriented, factual resume and add a personal touch. A cover letter is often your earliest written contact with a potential employer, creating a critical first impression.
Types of Cover Letters
Types of cover letters, including application letters, inquiry letters, referral cover letters, prospecting letters, and other types of letters used to apply for jobs or inquire about jobs, plus examples of each type of cover letter and when to use them.
Sample Cover Letters
Sample cover letters and templates for a variety of occupations and employment situations.
The End Result
By the time you're finished, you will have a resume and cover letter(s) which will be polished, professional, and ready to send to prospective employers.
Cover Letter Articles and Advice
- Top 10 Cover Letter Writing Tips
- What to Include in a Cover Letter
- Cover Letter Writing Guide
- Email Cover Letters
- Targeted Cover Letters
- Sample Cover Letters
- Cover Letter Salutations
- Cover Letter Closings
Resume Articles and Advice
- Top 10 Resume Writing Tips
- How to Create a Professional Resume
- Resume Objectives
- Resume Samples
- Resume Tips