What is a cover letter? A cover letter is the introduction to your resume. Your cover letter should supplement and not summarize your resume. It is best to write a cover letter specific to the job for which you are applying.
Cover Letter Tips
* Use the same heading as your resume (i.e. you name, contact info, etc.) The top of your cover letter should match the top of your resume.
* Use the same terminology that is being used in the job announcement.
* Pick 2 or 3 of the desired qualifications and demonstrate your expertise in those areas.
* Do not summarize what is already on your resume. Try and discuss things are that not on your resume.
What is a resume? Your resume is your personal marketing tool. It is where you can highlight your experience and accomplishments. Your resume is usually the first thing a potential employer will see about you.
Why is it important to have a resume? 99% of jobs will ask for a resume when you apply.
* Be concise and use action verbs when talking about your experience and accomplishments.
* Do not use personal pronouns such as “I,” “me,” or “My.” When describing your experience, start with an action verb and quantify your experience whenever you can.
* Example- “Trained and supervised up to 12 full-time staff members.”
Nowadays there are many more formats that are acceptable than 20 years ago. Most people use the traditional, chronological format where you go job by job, describing your experience. There are other formats that focus on accomplishments and skills. Compass Career Counselors can help you determine the best format to showcase your experience and expertise.