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Your Job Search: It's a Process

Creating Your Resume and Cover Letter

Now that you have identified potential job opportunities, the next step is to send a cover letter and resume to the potential employer (or to the address or person indicated in the job listing or posting).

SUGGESTION: An employer often receives many replies to a single classified ad. The decision as to who is initially interviewed is typically based on how the employer perceives your resume. It is important to ensure that your cover letter appropriately states your interest in the job and your resume accurately reflects your abilities, skills, special talents, and accomplishments. Presenting your credentials in a simple, well-organized fashion is key.

We strongly recommend that you not attempt this task without help of some sort. There are hundreds of books on resume writing in your local library. Consider having a current or former colleague or co-worker whom you respect give your draft a once-over. The following is a short list of places you might get help with your resume:

  • Department of Labor
  • School placement offices
  • Workshops
  • The Internet—some sites post sample resumes and cover letters as well as other useful tips on creating and improving your resume.
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