Comprehensive Resume and Cover Letter Guide

Everything You Need to Know to Win an Interview

Resumes and cover letters alone won't get you a job; rather, they'll help you win an interview.  Here is comprehensive information that will guide you through the process of writing a targeted resume and cover letter.

What's the Difference?

What should you communicate on a resume versus a cover letter? Before you begin, review the key differences between the two and information on what each should focus on.

Keep in mind that the more specifically you can tailor your resume and cover letter to address the requirements of the position, the better your chances of earning an interview.

How to Write a Resume

Before delving into writing a resume, ask yourself some basic questions that will shape your direction. Are you seeking an entry-level job? Changing careers? Are you re-entering the workforce after a lengthy time off? The first step to writing an eye catching resume is determining what you're trying to accomplish. While you might not include an "Objective" section on your resume, write one for yourself to serve as a guiding principle for your overall resume.

How to Write a Cover Letter

Here are some basic cover letter rules.

Address your letter to a particular person--it's imperative! Do your research to avoid the generic "Dear Sir or Madam" which looks unprofessional and lazy. The body of your letter tells the employer what position you're applying for, why the company should select you for an interview, and how you will follow-up.

Grab the reader in your first paragraph with some specific information about the job you're seeking and a few core strengths that demonstrate your suitability for the position. The delve into what you have to offer the employer by highlighting examples of the work performed and achieved results. (Bullet points are great here!) Detail your knowledge of the company based on your research and the ways in which you can contribute to their goals, and finally, close the letter by suggest a meeting or next steps.

Sample Resumes and Cover Letters

Cover Letter and Resume Writing Tips

How to Email Your Resume and Cover Letter