Cover Letter Writing
Cover letter and resume writing is an art not a science. Both documents introduce you to a potential employer. Having an updated and professional cover letter and resume will help you get into the interview pile.
Tips for Writing An Effective Cover Letter
- Research yourself and the potential job. The purpose of a cover letter and resume is to sell your assets to an employer. If you don’t know who you are; how effective will your cover letter and resume be? Make connections between your experience and skills to what the employer is looking for in the job ad.
- Customize your cover letter and resume to the job. Sending the same cover letter and resume to different jobs and employers does not work.
- Spelling and grammar checks. The biggest issues identified by employers are spelling and grammar. Triple check your application before you hit send.
- Include accomplishments, contributions, or benefits in your work/volunteer descriptions.
- Ask for help. A good cover letter and resume takes more than 20 minutes to write.
Online Cover Letter Resources
- Cover Letter Tips (Balance Careers)
- Cover Letter Tips (Robert Half)
- How to Write a Good Cover Letter (Monster)
- The Anatomy of an Amazing Cover Letter (Randstad)
Resume Writing Tips
Resume writing is an art not a science. A resume is your first introduction to a potential employer. The StFX Student Career Services has the following tips for students.
- Think of your reader first. Resumes are personal and individuals take pride in their accomplishments. However, a resume is not a historical listing of everything that you did. It is targeted document of your relevant experiences and background. When adding content to your resume, think about what your reader will learn about you from reading your resume. Your resume must share with the employer information that is helpful in the hiring decision.
- Follow the employer’s how to apply. Some employers will share with job seekers tips for resumes. This information is typically found on the employer’s career page. Employers will determine how many job seekers can follow directions. If a job seeker does not follow application directions, they will not move forward to the interview stage.
- Targeted resumes. If you are applying for different jobs have different resumes. Employers prefer targeted resumes over general resumes.
- Proofread your resume. Employers will discard your resume if they find a typo.
- Avoid resume templates. If you do not fit the resume template, it is very challenging to add or change content. Some resume templates do not have good readability from the employer’s perspective. A good resume takes more than 20 minutes to write.
Online Resume Workbooks
- Work Search Basics (Gov of AB)
- Resume Workbook (University of Manitoba)
- Resume Workbook (University of Toronto)
Online Resume Tip Websites