Resume Resources

Resume & Cover Letters

Most employers will require job seekers to complete an application when applying for job opportunities using an online applicant tracking system (ATS). In the process of completing the online application, most employers will require you to submit a cover letter and resume. 

The Cover Letter 

A cover letter is a one-page document written in business letter format used to highlight your education, experience, and skills related to the position. This document should capture the reader’s attention, while expressing your interest in the company/job, and emphasize the top three or four characteristics meeting the job qualifications. The cover letter also serves as an introduction to the resume. 

Cover Letter Guide 1
Cover Letter Guide 2


  • Start with a strong opening: Use a catchy introduction to grab the attention of the hiring manager.
  • Customize your letter: Customize the letter to the job you’re applying for. This helps you to show your enthusiasm for the role.
  • Highlight your relevant skills: Focus on the qualifications that are most relevant to the position and explain how your experience and skills make you a good fit for the role.
  • Use keywords: Use keywords from the job listing in your cover letter to help the hiring manager quickly identify that you’re the best candidate for the job.
  • Keep it concise: A cover letter should be no longer than one page. Use bullet points to make it easy to read.
  • End on a strong note: End with a statement about your enthusiasm for the opportunity and how you look forward to hearing back from them.

The Resume 

A resume is a document that summarizes a person’s work experience, education, skills, and achievements. It’s typically used to apply for job opportunities and helps employers quickly assess a candidate’s qualifications for a role. Resumes typically include a professional summary, a work experience section, an education section, and a skills section. The format and content of a resume can vary depending on the industry and job position being applied for. A well-written and tailored resume can greatly increase a candidate’s chances of getting hired for a job.

Resume and Professional Writing Guide
Resume and Cover Letter Resource Packet
Federal Resume Writing
Additional Tips Video 

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