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Resumes and Letters

ResumesA resume is a universal job-hunting tool.

It’s the very first impression you give to potential employers, recruiters, and it’s the single most important element of the job application process where you’ll list all your relevant job experience, accomplishments – not to mention your best qualities as an employee. It’s also one of the only ways you can secure an interview.

Student writing a letterWriting Cover Letters and Other Professional Correspondence

Your cover letter is your chance to introduce yourself in your own words. Cover letters provide context to your resume and give you the opportunity to really sell your skills, experience and passion. In a brief, two- to three-paragraph letter, you can tell the hiring manager exactly why you’re perfect for the position that aren’t already listed on your resume.

Cover letters aren’t the only communication you’ll be sending when you’re interviewing. It’s crucial to send follow up letters, such as reminders and references before you interview, and thank-you emails to each person you meet with in the process.

Not only are employers reading your letters for the information you are providing. They’re also observing your attentiveness to detail, grammar, professionalism and the overall quality of your written communication.

Career Readiness Series

Introduction to Resume Writing

Resume Writing, Part II

Cover Letters