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Resumés and Job Applications

What are they:

  • Resumé: A document that provides potential employers with your work and education history and highlights your qualities and accomplishments. 

  • Job Application: A form employers use to collect information about you to see if you are a good fit for the position. These forms typically request personal information, work history, and references (people they can contact to ask about you and your reputation).

  • Cover Letter: A one-page document that you submit as part of your job application and resumé. Its purpose is to introduce yourself and detail why you are the best candidate for the job. It also shows a level of professionalism and interest that gives your potential employer a good first impression of you. 

Resumés:  Because of the variety available, you can find an online template to fill out that fits your personality. Update your resumé regularly when you get new job experience or acquire any new skills or community service.

  • If you have no job experience and are applying for an entry-level job, show your qualifications by providing personal achievements, interests/hobbies (relevant to the job), and volunteer experience.

Job Application:  After you Identify a potential employer, look for the company's application site, or ask for an application form, and follow those instructions exactly.

  • You will be told to update or create a resumé, write a cover letter explicitly expressing your interest in the job (and why), and detailing your qualifications above anybody else. Make sure that the spelling and grammar are perfect.

Never submit a resume or cover letter in an electronic format that can be edited i.e. a Word document, always convert it to a .pdf document, it is more professional and better protected from tampering.

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