RESUME AND COVER LETTER SAMPLES
Resumes and cover letters are marketing tools designed to sell you, your skills, and accomplishments to a potential employer.
To assist you in your job search, we’ve provided resume samples for teaching, counseling, and law enforcement. These samples are a guideline for you to use while creating your own resume. Please note, employers will notice if you are cutting and pasting from a resume sample. Be thoughtful and personal when designing and writing your own resume. Make sure your resume is written for a specific position. You can create your own template, but will need to change it according to the job requirements. Your resume should demonstrate that you have the requisite skills to meet the hiring employer’s needs.
The cover letter is a letter of introduction and the first interaction between you and the employer. It should be engaging, position specific, and well-written. A cover letter should explain strengths that may not be listed in your resume and reasons for your interest in the position. If the employer asks for specific information in the job description – such as salary requirements, or an interview date – make sure you include all these items. This letter should reflect your personality and attitude.
When writing your cover letter, avoid fancy serif fonts and try to keep it to one page. We recommend that you use Times New Roman or Helvetica with a size of 11 points. Don’t use acronyms unless they are spelled out the first time used. Use high quality bond paper with matching envelopes and personal note cards. Reproduce your resumes professionally or use a laser printer. Don’t staple your resume. Use a paper clip instead.
Cover Letter Samples
We wish you success in your job search and hope these samples and suggestions are helpful.
Congratulations! You know what positions you are looking for and are ready to start your job search. You have also just written a dynamite resume. Before you send out that first resume and hope for the best, develop a cover letter that introduces your resume to the employer and encourages a follow-up call.
Cover letters are concise, informative, and should pique the reader’s interest. Think of it as a snapshot of your resume.
From the job announcement for the position in which you are interested, identify one to three of your accomplishments that are most related to the requirements of this position. Describe them in such a way that the reader can link her needs to your skills. Show her that you have solved problems similar to hers. She does not have time to make the connection--your cover letter must do that for her.
Content: Cover letters should be no more than one page long (3 - 4 paragraphs). The first paragraph states why you are writing, the title or type of the position you are seeking, and where you heard about it. If possible, include the name of a networking contact--someone who knows both you and the employer.
The second and third paragraphs elaborate your experiences and interests. Be sure to focus on those that demonstrate your related skills.
The closing paragraph outlines the action you will take to follow up on your application. If the advertisement requests no phone calls, end your letter with a statement such as, “I look forward to hearing from you soon.”
Salary information: Since the salary range for recent nursing graduates is narrow, you won’t have much room to negotiate salary or benefits. As a result, it is recommended that you not include salary requirements in your cover letter-your request may eliminate you from consideration. Of course, you’ll want to be prepared to discuss an offer by researching salary ranges for new nurses in the geographic area in which you are interested.
The following are suggestions as you write a cover letter:
- Be clear. Have a specific purpose in mind before you begin writing.
- When possible, address the letter to a person and not to a position or title. Avoid using “Dear Sir” or “Dear Madam.” If you do not know the name, address the letter to "Dear Hiring Manager:"
- Make your letter brief.
- Make your letters warm and personal. Avoid jargon.
- Carefully proofread for grammatical, spelling, or typing errors. Use a spell checker!
- Use the same paper as your resume. If you are mailing the application, use a matching envelope.
- Keep copies of all correspondence for easier follow-up.
- Develop your own cover letters. You can easily adapt them to fit any position for which you are applying
Sample Cover Letter
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