Resume and Cover Letter Writing Guide

How to Write Interview Winning Resumes and Cover Letters

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A well crafted resume and cover letter are essential for grabbing the attention of hiring managers. This guide is designed to assist job seekers write winning resumes and cover letters that get a positive response and lead to interviews.

Step-By-Step Guide for Writing Winning Resumes and Cover Letters

You'll find step-by-step information for how to create your resume, along with formatting tips and insight into which words to use - and which to avoid.

The guide also features techniques for writing cover letters that showcase your accomplishments and form a clear connection between your experience and the position you are applying for.

If you're ready to get going on writing an effective resume and cover letters that secure job interviews, here's how to get started.

Resume and Cover Letter Guide: Table of Contents
The index for the Resume and Cover Letter Guide will take you through each step of the process of writing your resume and cover letters. Keep in mind that while a resume and cover letter convey similar information, the formatting, tone, and language used in each is quite different.

How to Build Your Resume

Simply put, resumes help get you interviews. Resume writing techniques should not be thought of as correct or incorrect, but as effective or ineffective. An effectively written resume will assist you in getting the interviews you want.

Resume Writing Techniques
A resume includes information on your education, work history, and skills. Get started writing your resume by creating a list of your accomplishments in each job that you have held. From there, you can decide which details are most important to highlight and work on phrasing information in a way that will get the attention of both hiring managers and searchable databases.

Resume Examples
Get inspiration for your own resume by reviewing these sample resumes, including chronological, functional, and mini, as well as templates for resume writing.  

How to Write a Cover Letter

A 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. Where a resume focuses on your work experience and accomplishments, a strong cover letter will make a connection between what the company needs and what you can offer.

Cover Letter Writing Tips
It makes sense to devote the necessary time and effort to write an effective, targeted cover letter. Your letter should convey how your skills and accomplishments will benefit the company.

Types of Cover Letters
There are several different types of cover letters, including application letters, inquiry letters, referral cover letters, and prospecting letters. Get examples of these 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.

Cover Letter Examples
Reviewing the 100+ sample cover letters and templates for a variety of occupations and employment situations will help you write the perfect cover letter for your situation.

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.

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