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Title: Importance of Resume and Cover Letter

What is a Resume and Cover Letter?
A resume is a written compilation of your
education, work experience, credentials, and
accomplishments that is used to apply for jobs.
It is one of the most important pieces of any job
Types of Resumes
  • There are several basic types of resumes used to
    apply for job openings. Depending on your
    personal circumstances, choose a chronological,
    a functional, a combination, or a targeted

What is Included in a Resume
  • An effective resume lays out a summary of
    qualifications that will push the hiring manager
    or employer to move forward toward an interview.
    As well as details on skills, education, and
    work history, resumes can also have optional
    sections, such as an objective, summary
    statement, or career highlights.

What a Cover Letter Includes
  • A cover letter is a concise three or four
    paragraph document. It should be written with
    the assumption that employers will consult your
    resume to match it to the statement you are
    making in the letter about your qualifications.

Resumes vs. Cover Letters
  • A resume is typically sent with a cover letter
    that provides additional information on your
    skills and experience to apply for jobs. A
    resume is a shorter, often bulleted summary,
    while a cover letter highlights and expands on
    certain traits or accomplishments that would be
    unique or ideal assets for the particular job.

Resumes vs. Cover Letters
  • A resume states the fact who, what, when and
    how. In contrast, a cover letter provides an
    opportunity to explain why you are qualified for
    the job.
  • The most common resume format is a list with your
    contact information, an Experience section that
    includes job titles, position descriptions,
    dates of employment, an Education section, and
    other relevant information.
  • A cover letter is written in a letter format
    including a salutation, several paragraphs and a

General Types of Cover Letters
  • Application Letter. An application letter is
    written to apply for a specific job opening.
  • Referral Cover Letter. A referral cover letter
    mentions the name of a person who referred you
    to a job.
  • Letter of Interest. A letter of interest, also
    known as a prospecting letter, inquires about
    possible job openings at a company.
  • Networking Letter. Networking letters request job
    search advice and assistance.
  • Value Proposition Letter. A value proposition is
    a brief statement explaining what makes the
    candidate unique.

Sample Email Cover Letter Message
My maturity, practical experience, and eagerness
to enter the publishing business will make me an
excellent editorial assistant. I would love to
begin my career with your company, and am
confident that I would be a beneficial addition
to the 123 Publishing Company. I have enclosed
my resume, and will call within the next week to
see if we might arrange a time to speak
together. Thank you so much for your time and
consideration. Sincerely,
Subject Line of Email Message Editorial
Assistant Position Sumit Kumar Mishra Email
Message Dear Hiring Manager, I would like to
express my interest in a position as editorial
assistant for your publishing company. As a
recent graduate with writing, editing, and
administrative experience, I believe I am a
strong candidate for a position at the 123
Publishing Company. You specify that you are
looking for someone with strong writing skills.
As an English major, a writing tutor, and an
editorial intern for both a government magazine
and a college marketing office, I have become a
skilled writer with a variety of experience.
Sumit Kumar Mishra
Sumit Kumar Mishra 111 Main Street Town,
Banglore 11111 Email
Cell (555) 555-5555 LinkedIn
Resume Types
  • Chronological Resume
  • Functional Resume
  • Combination Resume
  • Targeted Resume
  • Mini Resume
  • Non Traditional Resume

  • There are several basic types of resumes used to
    apply for job openings. Depending on your
    personal circumstances, choose a chronological,
    a functional, combination, or a targeted resume.
    Here are the different types of resumes to use
    to apply for jobs with examples.

Chronological Resume
  • A chronological resume starts by listing your
    work history, with the most recent position
    listed first. Your jobs are listed in reverse
    chronological order with your current, or most
    recent job, first. Employers typically prefer
    this type of resume because it's easy to see
    what jobs you have held and when you have worked
    at them.
  • This type of resume works well for job seekers
    with a strong, solid work history.

Functional Resume
  • A functional resume focuses on your skills and
    experience, rather than on your chronological
    work history. It is used most often by people
    who are changing careers or who have gaps in
    their employment history.

Combination Resume
A combination resume lists your skills and
experience first. Your employment history is
listed next. With this type of resume you can
highlight the skills you have that are relevant
to the job you are applying for, and also
provide the chronological work history that
employers prefer.
Targeted Resume
  • A targeted resume is a resume that is customized
    so that it specifically highlights the
    experience and skills you have that are relevant
    to the job you are applying for. It definitely
    takes more work to write a targeted resume than
    to just click to apply with your existing resume.
  • However, it's well worth the effort, especially
    when applying for jobs that are a perfect match
    for your qualifications and experience.

Mini Resume
  • A mini resume contains a brief summary of your
    career highlights qualifications. It can be used
    for networking purposes or shared upon request
    from a prospective employer or reference writer
    who may want an overview of your
    accomplishments, rather than a full length

Nontraditional Resume
  • A nontraditional resume is a web-based version of
    your resume that may include photos, graphics,
    images, graphs and other visuals.

How to Write a Resume
  • A resume is one of the most important parts of a
    job application - your resume is how you'll tell
    the story of your professional history to
    potential employers.
  • Above all, your resume needs to be consistent,
    concise, and clear and easy to read. If it's
    not, your resume and cover letter won't get a
    second glance from any hiring manager.

  • One of the most common mistakes made by job
    candidates is to construct a resume that simply
    lists what they have done in previous jobs
    without pointing to their impact.
  • Your resume should not read like a set of job
    descriptions that convey only what your
    responsibilities were in past jobs. Instead, the
    focus should be on how you added value in your
    roles and made a difference to your department
    and organization.

Use Resume Keywords Most companies use recruiting
management software to screen candidates for job
openings. In order to get found, your resume
needs to contain keywords that directly target
the jobs you are interested in. So, read the
requirement of the company and fetch out some
keywords and use them in your resume. Such
keywords are called Action Keywords.
  • User Resume Template
  • Use a resume template a starting point for
    creating your own resume.
  • Add your information to the resume template, then
    tweak and edit it to personalize your resume, so
    it highlights your skills and abilities.
  • You can find so many resume templates on internet.

  • Check Your Resume
  • You need to make sure that you have included all
    relevant information in your resume. If possible
    then take help from your instructors, seniors,
    and guardians.
  • Resume designing is not an easy task so you have
    always an option open for you and that is
    Professional Resume Writing Services.

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