A resume is a summary of your qualifications for employment. It will typically let the reader know what type of position you are seeking and will highlight your education, experience, skills and other relevant information.
In most cases, employers will request that you submit a resume to be considered for vacancies within their organizations. The primary purpose of the resume is to get you an interview. The goal of the interview is to be offered the position.
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A cover letter provides prospective employers with an introduction to you and your qualifications.
A cover letter also allows you to articulate how your skills, education, and experience fit the position for which you are applying. Review the template here or print the pdf version.
(Your address and date of letter)
123 Maple Drive
St. Louis, MO 63111
December 13, 2001
(Name, Title Address)
Ms. Kate Smith
5900 South Broadway
St. Louis, MO 63123
Dear Ms. Smith
Opening: State why you are writing, what position you are applying for, and how you found out about the position. State why you are interested in the position or company.
Second and Third Paragraph: Include your skills, qualifications and why you are qualified for an interview. Be careful not to begin each sentence with "I." Give examples whenever possible to show your skill and experience.
Final Paragraph: Refer to your resume. State that you would like an opportunity to discuss further how your qualifications meet the needs of the company. You may also be proactive by indicating that you will call in one week to see if a meeting can be arranged.
Clara Jones (Your Signature)