Resumes and Cover Letters Tips


Writing a quality resume and cover letter is essential to a successful job search.  A resume is a document used for marketing your skills, experience, education, and accomplishments to potential employers. It is meant to be your introduction toward gaining a face-to-face interview with a prospective employer. It should be constructed in a way that answers one main question: “What can you do for the employer?” Your resume should be easy to scan quickly, while simultaneously containing enough pertinent information that will reveal essential details about you and your skills.

* Check out our guide for:  How To Write A Resume

* To view sample resumes and templates to use, click on the Resume and Cover Letter Example link on the left side bar.

* Make sure you are listing your experience and responsibilities using active verbs. Click for a list of Power Verbs


* Each industry has unique buzz words that will help your resume fit in and appear professional. Click the areas below to download a list (Microsoft Word document) of buzz words.

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For some great advice on writing a professional resume, check out these short video clips:

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Cover Letters

A cover letter is a document that introduces yourself to employers, states why you are sending a resume, and elaborates on your skills and experiences that make you qualified for a particular job position. The cover letter is your opportunity to explain how you will add value to the employer’s organization. Your cover letter also serves as your writing sample, so be sure to use proper grammar and present a polished product.*

Check out our guide for How To Write A Cover Letter


To view sample cover letters and templates to use, see the examples on the left side bar.

For some great advice on writing a professional cover letter, check out these short video clips:


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