Cover Letters

Cover letters and resumes are considered to be “supplemental application materials” and are not accepted in lieu of a completed on line application for an open position.  If, however, a position requires a cover letter and a resume in the job posting, it is important to provide this information in order to have a complete application packet.

Even if a cover letter and resume are not specifically required, it is helpful to provide as much pertinent information regarding your education, work experience, training and certifications you may have that relates to the position you are applying for.

Basic Tips

Details are critical. The grammar, spelling and content provide information about your written communication, attention to detail and organizational skills.

  1. The job title of the position and the name of the organization you are providing the cover letter and resume for should match the title of the position for which you are applying and the organization you are applying at.
  2. Proofread the cover letter and resume very carefully.  A good way to do this is to read it from the end of the resume backward (to the beginning).
  3. When using a cover letter or resume template, remove the template instructions from the cover letter/resume after using the template.
  4. Remember to only provide information related to your education, work experience, training and certifications (work related knowledge, skills and abilities).
  5. Standard resume information may include: (summary/objective statement, experience, education and training).  Professional affiliations may also be included.
  6. Pictures that are sent on resumes/cover letters are redacted when received in HR.

For additional tips and template/format information for cover letters and resumes, see the below website links:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YORk5t239E

http://www.monster.com/career-advice/article/how-to-write-a-resume

http://advice.careerbuilder.com/?categories=Resumes