Preparing a dynamic resume and cover letter can set you on the right track to getting your dream job. Learn how to craft documents that make you stand out to potential employers.
The goal of your resume is to effectively communicate your qualifications to prospective employers. In many cases your resume will determine whether or not you are granted an interview. The resume by itself, however, will not get you a job. If it gets you in the door, then it has served its purpose.
Review the Resume Best Practices Checklist for basic tips and information about what to include on your resume.
The cover letter is your opportunity to shine by filling in the blanks from your resume. A well-written cover letter can pique the curiosity of the employer and motivate him/her to carefully read your resume. Be sure to include a cover letter every time you send a resume.
Review our sample cover letters to learn how to write a winning cover letter.
Thank you letters should be brief and should be sent within 48 hours of an interview to reiterate your interest in the position and to show your appreciation for the interviewer's time. Emphasize the skills that you have and demonstrate how they relate to the position. Remember to state what you can do for the organization, as opposed to what the organization can do for you.
Read a sample thank you letter to learn how to leave a positive impression on a potential employer.