Tutorials

Resumés & Cover Letters

Cover Letter Writing

It is always best to address your letter to a specific person when possible. Ensure that the address information, and the spelling of names is also correct. (Call if you are unsure.)

In your first paragraph, state your interest in the company and the type of job you want. (Refer to your resume.)

In paragraph two, highlight any skills that would help you in the job (BRAG!). Use plenty of dynamic verbs.

In your closing paragraph, request an interview and thank them for their time and consideration in looking at your resume.

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Resumé Writing

  • Keep it brief. It is recommended to have a maximum of 1 page for your resume. You can try adjusting your font size if everything does not fit onto one page. The maximum can be pushed to 2 pages, however, nothing more than that is ever recommended. At any rate, the entire resume should only take 30 seconds to read.
  • Ensure that there are no errors. If necessary, show your resume to a friend before submitting to your employer to ensure that it is error-free.
  • Use a consistent format throughout. While it is tempting to use fancy font styles and colour, it does not impress employers. Use a standard font such as Arial, Verdana, or Times New Roman along with an organized layout.
  • Include meaningful, accurate information.
  • Write in third person. Never use "I".
  • Emphasize positive skills and abilities.
  • Use subtitles and bullets. Present information in point format, not complete sentences. It is quicker to read this way. (Examples: EDUCATION, ACHEIVEMENTS).
  • Put information in chronological order when appropriate. (present to past).
  • Do not use abbreviations of any kind.
  • Follow all of the application process instructions. If an employer asks all applicants to send all resumes via e-mail, those who send their applications via postal mail will likely be rejected since they did not follow the instructions.
  • If your resume is going to be e-mailed, attach it as a Microsoft Word document unless otherwise stated. As well, put the name of the position as the subject. This will ensure your resume does not get lost.
  • Customize the resume to fit the job being applied for.
  • Research the company prior to applying. You should never ask, "So... what does your company do?"
  • Use active language. For each bullet point, you want to use action words to help grab the eye of the reader followed with the outcome of your effort.
  • Never omit dates. If your resume contains gaps in years of employment, it will raise questions.
  • Never lie. Purge your resume of any false information immediately!
  • Do not concern yourself with high cost stationery and printing -- they do not matter. However, if your resume is presented with typographical errors or on stained or badly reproduced paper - that is the personal image the prospective employer will be left pondering. Take a few minutes to ensure your resume is clean, crisp and professional in appearance.

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