Resumes and cover letters are an important part of the job search process. As you only have one chance to make a first impression, you want to be sure that your cover letter and resume gets the attention of the hiring manager so you make it to the next step of the process – the job interview.
Types of Resumes
There are different types of resumes that you can use when applying for a job. The information below describes some of the most popular resume types.
Chronological resumes list your work history, experience, education, and any other information from most recent, to less recent. This type of resume is a popular resume style for those who may not have a lot of experience, as well as those who have a solid work history.
Rather than follow the chronological order of events, the functional resume groups content on skills and experience. This type of resume is a popular style for those who want to focus on one subject, those changing jobs, as well as those with gaps in employment history.
A combination resume, is what it sounds like – a combination of a chronological resume and functional resume. Listing your skills and experience together, this type of resume allows you to highlight the skills and experience relevant to the position you are applying to.
If possible, tailor your resume for the position you are applying for – highlighting the skills and experience relevant to the position
Keep your resume to a maximum of two pages
You don’t need to include every job you have ever had on your resume – include all relevant job experience, or jobs within the last 10 - 25 years
Show potential employers what you have done in previous positions, not what you know how to do
Types of Cover Letters
You may think there is only one type of cover letter, however, depending on why and how you are applying to a job, you might want to consider adapting your cover letter. Cover letters can often make or break your chances of getting an interview – as it gives the hiring manager a quick overview of who you are and why you are applying to a specific job. Cover letters aren’t meant to be a document that duplicates your resume; however, it should complement your resume and add a personal touch. Use your cover letter to introduce yourself and communicate why you are the ideal candidate for the position – while showing your personality.
Application Cover Letter
When applying to a specific job or position, the style of cover letter typically used is an application letter. An effective cover letter explains what job you are applying for, why you are interested in the position and company, as well as how your skills and experience make you the perfect candidate. Wrapping up your cover letter, you want to include follow up information, as well as thank the hiring manager for their time.
Referral Cover Letter
The referral cover letter is used when someone has referred you to a job. Like a general cover letter, you would still communicate why you are the ideal candidate for the position; however, you would be sure to include who referred you to the position.
Prospecting Cover Letter
Sometimes referred to as an interest letter, a prospecting cover letter is used to inquire about opportunities at a specific company. Instead of communicating how you are the perfect candidate for a particular position, provide information on why the company interests you, as well as how your skills and experience can benefit the organization.
Cover Letter Tips
Create a unique cover letter for each job you apply to; don’t send a generic cover letter to a company
A great way to start a cover letter is to let the hiring manager know how you found out about the job opening
Refer to the job description for keywords and knowledge areas to include in your cover letter
Be sure to present your cover letter in a neat and professional manner, with no typos or spelling errors
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