A resume is your introduction to a potential employer. This important document is an advertisement telling a potential employer what value you can bring to a specific position or organization. To be effective in capturing the reader’s attention, a resume must:
- Be tailored to match your qualifications to the position for which you are applying
- Be concise and well written with absolutely NO ERRORS
- Be easily skimmed in 10 - 20 seconds
Cover and Job Search Letters
Although there are many types of cover letters, the most frequently used letter is the letter of application. More than simply introducing a resume, a cover letter has become an important marketing document that focuses on your qualifications – specific skills, experiences, credentials – for consideration of employment. This letter should entice the reader to review your resume; therefore, it must demonstrate and summarize what value you will bring to a position or organization. It complements – not repeats – your resume.