On this page, you'll find examples of matching resumes and cover letters. In each case, the job seeker created the resume first and then the cover letter. As a matching set, it was either sent to an employer or recruiter via email or posted to a company or resume website.
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Let's take a look to see how each resume joined forces with its cover letter to convince an employer or recruiter to call the job seeker for an interview.
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Account Manager in Sales/Marketing
The resume in this set is a general resume that was posted on one of the big job boards.
This is the cover letter that was used as a follow-up to a recruiter who responded to the resume on the job board.
The resume in this set is targeted to a specific job at a specific energy firm. This was a slight career change for this job seeker.
This cover letter is targeted to a recruiter within the energy firm mentioned above.
The resume in this set was written to match a job posting found on a company website.
This cover letter is addressed to an inside recruiter at the company. It uses a "call and response" technique to target the online job post.
The resume in this set was used to apply for several employee training jobs.
This cover letter is to a Director of Human Resources who is also a member of the job seeker's professional network.
This second cover letter is written to the hiring manager at a different company. It starts by mentioning someone the job seeker and the manager both know.
The science resume in this set is a shorter version of the job seeker's academic CV. It is used mostly for non-academic job applications.
This cover letter's main feature is the use of bullet point statements to highlight relevant job qualifications.
The resume in this set could be used for applying for either a PR or Event Planner job since both positions require many of the same skills.
This cover letter was targeted for an Event Coordinator position with a large firm.
The resume in this set was written after the job seeker resigned from his most recent job. He was unemployed at the time.
This email cover letter was responding to a job posting for a contractual job in the job seeker's field.
High School Counselor Internship
The resume in this set was written by a college student who was seeking an internship as part of her Master's degree program.
This cover letter was sent to a school district's Human Resources department where there was an internship job opening.
The resume in this set is for a go-getter who's looking for a step up in her career.
This email cover letter uses bullet point statements to make a quick impression.
The resume in this set uses skill headings to draw parallels between the past and the future.
This cover letter is targeted to a specific employer and is very personable and convincing.
Senior Sales Account Executive
The resume in this set lists impressive freelance work to fill an employment gap at the top of the Experience section.
This cover letter is a compelling sales piece that hits the employer's bottom line.
Sporting Goods Sales
The resume in this set lists professional and personal achievements that relate to the job seekers job objective.
This is a follow-up email sent to the hiring manager after the job seeker was invited for a job interview.
Director of Workforce Development
The three-page resume in this set is for a professional with a very long and impressive career history.
This is the cover letter sent by the job seeker to the hiring manager, along with his resume.
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Cover letter mistakes you should avoid
Nix these things and make sure your first impression isn't the equivalent of a limp handshake.
Avoid these common mistakes when writing your cover letter.
Your cover letter is like a handshake—it’s how you introduce yourself to employers when you apply for a job. Like a good handshake, you want your cover letter to be strong, succinct, and make a great first impression.
This isn’t a part of the job application process you want to skimp on, either. A cover letter allows you to go into more detail than your resume allows, explain gaps in your employment history or your need for a career change, and make a case as to why you would be a great fit for the position. And a great cover letter can open the door to scoring an interview and, ultimately, landing a job.
Make sure your first impression is a good and lasting one by avoiding these common mistakes below when writing your cover letter.
1. Overusing “I”
Your cover letter is not your autobiography. The focus should be on how you meet an employer's needs, not on your life story. Avoid the perception of being self-centered by minimizing your use of the word "I," especially at the beginning of your sentences.
2. Using a weak opening
When writing a cover letter, job seekers frequently struggle with the cover letter's opening. This difficulty often results in a feeble introduction lacking punch and failing to grab the reader's interest. Consider this example:
- Weak: Please consider me for your sales representative opening.
- Better: Your need for a top-performing sales representative is an excellent match to my three-year history as a top-ranked, multimillion-dollar producer.
3. Omitting your top selling points
A cover letter is a sales letter that sells you as a candidate. Just like your resume, it should be compelling and give the main reasons you should be called for an interview. Winning cover letter tips include emphasizing your top accomplishments or creating subheadings culled from the job posting. For example:
- Your ad specifies: Communication skills
I offer: Five years of public speaking experience and an extensive background in executive-level report.
- Your ad specifies: The need for a strong computer background
I offer: Proficiency in all MS Office applications with additional expertise in website development and design.
4. Making it too long
If your cover letter exceeds one page, you may be putting readers to sleep. A great cover letter is concise but compelling, and respects the reader's time.
5. Repeating your resume word for word
Your cover letter shouldn't regurgitate what's on your resume. Reword your cover letter statements to avoid dulling your resume's impact. Consider using the letter to tell a brief story, such as "my toughest sale" or "my biggest technical challenge."
6. Being vague
If you're replying to an advertised opening—as opposed to writing a cold cover letter—reference the specific job title in your cover letter. The person reading your letter may be reviewing hundreds of letters for dozens of different jobs. Make sure all of the content in your letter supports how you will meet the employer's specific needs.
7. Forgetting to customize
If you're applying to a number of similar positions, chances are you're tweaking one letter and using it for multiple openings. That's fine, as long as you customize each letter. Don't forget to update the company, job and contact information—if Mr. Jones is addressed as Ms. Smith, he won't be impressed.
8. Ending on a passive note
When possible, put your future in your own hands with a promise to follow up. Instead of asking readers to call you, try a statement like this: I will follow up with you in a few days to answer any preliminary questions you may have. In the meantime, you may reach me at (555) 555-5555.
9. Being rude
Your cover letter should thank the reader for his or her time and consideration.
10. Forgetting to sign the letter
It is proper business etiquette (and shows attention to detail) to sign your letter. Err on the side of formality, and if you need any help figuring out how to close your cover letter, consider these possible sign-offs.
However, if you are sending an email cover letter and resume, a signature isn't necessary.
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