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Preparing Resumes, Cover Letters and Job Applications

First impressions matter! In this competitive job market doing things right the first time around is critical. Typically, your first chance at getting the employer's attention is through your resume, cover letter and job application. Here are some tips and strategies to consider:

The purpose of the resume is to obtain an interview. Your resume is your marketing tool so make sure it stands out from the competition.  

View sample resumes:
- Resume Tips (PDF)
- Sample of Combination Resume (PDF)
- Sample of Scannable Resume Format (PDF)

Attend a free resume building workshop through Maricopa Workforce Connections. Click here for a link to its workshop schedules, descriptions and locations.

Cover Letters:
Considering the number of people who have been laid off or remain unemployed as a result of the down economy, employers are receiving more cover letters and resumes than ever before. May's release of new college graduates into the job market will even further the clutter. To set yourself apart from the job-hunting pack, you'll need to have an effective cover letter. The cover letter is your first opportunity to impress an employer. It is the first thing they read and, if it's not good, it may be the only thing the employer reads at all.

Here are some tips and strategies for writing effective cover letters:
- Cover Letters that Count (PDF)
- Sample Cover Letters (PDF)

Job Applications:
If you are applying for a job, chances are you will be required to fill out an online application. Don't overlook this process. Employers use the job application to screen candidates in and out and select who will be called for an interview.

Here's more information on job applications:

- Job Application Basics (PDF)