In this unit, you will learn the basics of developing a resume and cover letters. You will also develop an understanding of how to tailor your resume to fit the needs of a potential employer.
Cover Letter Samples
Prepare Your Own
Write three resumes -- style them for specific purposes, as though you were responding to specific job applications.
Include a cover letter.
Sample "Cold Call" Resume Cover Letter from Monster.com
Components of Your Letter
The Salutation: Since you are writing an unsolicited letter, it's crucial that you address a particular person. Do some research so you can get your resume in the hands of the manager most likely to be interested in hiring you.
The Opener: There are a number of different techniques you can use to open your letter. Here are two examples:
The Value Proposition: "If you have identified goal-surpassing revenue and market-share growth among your goals for 2002, my credentials will be of interest. Allow me to introduce myself: A marketing executive with 15 years of experience within Fortune 500 environments…"
The News Angle: "After reading of your consulting-services expansion in yesterday's Wall Street Journal, I am eager to join your team as an accounting manager. You will benefit from my top credentials, including CPA with Big Five experience and multilingual fluency (Spanish, Portuguese, Italian)…"
The Body: Summarize the key strengths you bring to the table. A great strategy is to include a bulleted list of achievements and qualifications that would benefit the company. Provide an overview of your main selling points and examples of how you have contributed to your current or former employers.
The Close: End your letter with an action statement, promising to follow up to explore the possibility of an interview. This is a much stronger closing than, "I hope to hear from you soon."