Goof-Proof Resumes & Cover Letters
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In today's tough job market, the perfect resume and cover letter are a must for every job seeker. Learn the appropriate formats; find out how to best express skills, experience, and education; and gain valuable advice and tips on everything from electronic submission to proper punctuation and style with the Groof-Proof method: brief, manageable, easy-to-understand lessons, rules, and practice!
f R E S U M E S & C OV E R L E T T E R S Graduation Month/Year Degree(s) and/or Award(s) Earned Major(s) Minor(s) Impressive Accomplishments, Extracurricular Activities, Affiliations, etc. Previous school attended: High School/College or University Name City, State Year Started Graduation Month/Year Degree(s) and/or Award(s) Earned Major(s) Minor(s) Impressive Accomplishments, Extracurricular Activities, Affiliations, etc. section FIVE THE GOOF-UP: FORGETTING THE EXTRAS As you put
that it is polished and professional. Your cover letter should be written in a formal business style, with perfect spelling and grammar. The purpose of 76 g o o f - p ro o f R E S U M E S & C OV E R L E T T E R S your cover letter is to seize the opportunity to impress a potential employer. The length of your cover letter is important. You do not want to send a long-winded letter several pages in length that extols your experience and achievements. A letter that is longer than one page runs
take the time to consider your resume. • highlight relevant skills and accomplishments. • demonstrate that you are capable of writing an interesting, yet professional, business letter. • request an action to be taken by the reader, such as scheduling an interview. Sorting Out What a Cover Letter Is . . . and Is Not ● WHAT A COVER LETTER IS NOT ● Your cover letter is not a stand-alone document. It must work in concert with your resume. This means that your cover letter and resume should be
references to your physical appearance • desired compensation/salary/benefits, etc. This last one may be vexing. What if the employer has asked for salary requirements in the ad? Stating a specific dollar amount can hurt your chances for the job because the employer could view you as too expensive or inflexible. Respond to a request for your salary history or requirements with a range, not specific numbers. 77 78 g o o f - p ro o f R E S U M E S & C OV E R L E T T E R S ● YOUR COVER LETTER
simple, short sentences. ● GOOF-PROOF CHECKLIST ● When your potential employer reads your letter, he or she will be looking for answers to certain questions. You should anticipate these questions and make sure your primary message paragraphs answer them. Before you send your cover letter, make sure you have answered each of the questions on the following checklist to ensure that you are conveying adequate information about yourself as a potential candidate. • Are you knowledgeable about the