Resumes and Cover Letters
Updated 14 August 2015

A resume is a one-page summary of who a person is and what that person has done.  It is also the single-most important marketing document a person can produce.  Therefore, its content and appearance will say volumes about that person to a potential employer.

There is no one preferred format.  There is no magical formula.  The advice given here may differ from advice others may give.  In the final analysis, do what you feel is best for you.

Some general advice:
Just as important as the resume is the cover letter.  It, too, must be free of spelling and grammatical errors.  It is in your best interests to be direct.  Don't beat around the bush.  Tell a potential employer why you are writing him or her in the first paragraph.  By including some research you have done on the company to which you are applying, you can differentiate your letter from the majority of letters that employer receives.  That may not get you the job, but it usually gets you past that crucial first-cut.  Unless otherwise instructed, indicate that you will follow-up the letter and resume with a telephone call or visit.  However, the worst thing you can do is to say you will follow-up and then fail to do so.

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