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170+ Great Resume Examples
Free resume examples for lots of occupations, careers, and industries. Each sample resume has a description of what resume format is used and what problems are solved in the content and layout of the resume. You'll find resume examples for all levels from entry-level to executive.
500+ Examples of Resume Statements, Phrases, and Sections
Get good ideas for each part of your resume by browsing lots of samples of Job Objective statements, Summary statements, and achievement statements — all from resumes by real job seekers. You'll also find full Education sections from high school level to Ph.D.
The Best Resume Format
Know your resume format options and which is the best resume format for your job search. See resume templates and samples for the chronological, functional, and combination resume formats. You'll also find resume formatting tips for solving your work history problems.
#1 Resume Tool: A Professional Resume Template
Learn what resume templates employers prefer and which one is best your job search. You'll find professional resume templates for chronological, functional, and combination resume formats, along with matching resume samples. Also, read some key tips on using Word resume templates.
10 Steps: How to Write a Resume
Step-by-step guide for how to write each part of your resume. Learn how to pick the right professional resume format and how to solve problems such as unemployment, short-term jobs, and dates that might show your age. Also learn how to use your resume to make a career change.
Resume Builder with Resume Templates by Susan Ireland
Susan Ireland's Ready-Made Resume program is a resume builder with professional resume templates you can download. There are resume templates (and resume samples) in the chronological, combination, and functional resume formats with built-in resume tips for solving your job history problems.
Free All-Purpose Basic Resume Format
Here's a basic all-purpose resume format (template) that you can copy and paste into your blank document. It's a good start to creating your resume, works well with other advice on this website, and is absolutely free.
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70+ Sample Cover Letters
Lots of free cover letter samples formatted for email, hardcopy, and posting on websites. You'll find letters sent to recruiters, hiring managers, human resources, and in response to newspaper ads and online job posts. Each one is targeted to a specific employer and job.
More Good Cover Letter Samples
More free cover letter examples from real job seekers. They were sent to me by folks who wanted my advice on how good their cover letters were and how they could make them better. It's a growing collection of the best resume cover letters sent to me.
Using a Cover Letter Template
A job seeker's best friend: a good cover letter template! You'll find free resume cover letter templates, sample cover letters written from those cover letter templates, and tips for using a letter template so it doesn't sound like a form letter. Also, learn how you can download my best Word cover letter templa
8 Steps: How to Write a Cover Letter
Write cover letters and cover emails that get employers to read your resume. You'll find free cover letter templates that make it easy to know what to say. And besides the letter templates, there's advice on what to say for salary history, how to highlight your qualifications, and how to ask for a job interview.
Send a Thank You Letter
Writing a Thank You Letter After the Interview
The best of the best tips for writing a thank you letter after the interview. Also, how to use a thank you note to follow up after a job offer. Includes links to my favorite thank you letter template, as well as sample thank you letters and emails for real job seekers.
10 Sample Thank You Letters
Thank you letter examples for after a job interview, after a job offer, and even after a job rejection. You'll also find a note to your network to thank members for helping with your job search. All of these sample thank you notes are brief but very important to your job search.
21 Job Interview Questions
Ace your interview! Practice these interview questions: ones for all job seekers and special interview questions for managers and executives. Also included are helpful tips about behavioral interviewing and how to get the most bang for your buck with your behavioral answers.
5 steps to writing a successful cover letter
If you're wondering how to write a cover letter, this easy-to-follow five-step formula offers helpful tips.
Caroline M.L. Potter, Monster contributor
When applying to online jobs, most folks put (or should put) a lot of effort into writing a resume that conveys their talents and breadth of experience. But these same people often drop the ball when it comes time to write a cover letter.
This can be a costly error.
If your resume gets you in the door, your cover letter is what prompts employers to answer that door in the first place.
If you're intimidated by writing a cover letter, don't be. Job-search expert Deborah Brown-Volkman has an easy-to-follow, five-step formula for cover letter success.
Tips to write a cover letter
- Cut to the chase: Brown-Volkman reminds applicants to begin their cover letter by clearly identifying why they're reaching out to a company. "Start by completing the statement, 'I am writing to you today because....'" Cover all pertinent facts, such as the position's title and location. Also include up front where you saw the ad for the position and who recommended you, she says.
- What I like about you: Brown-Volkman says that flattery will get you everywhere. "Next, complete the statement 'I like your company because....' Compliment the organization on what they have done right and what you admire about them. This will show that you've taken the time to get to know the company in detail," she says.
- What you'll like about me: Brown-Volkman urges job seekers to list their most vital qualifications. "Now, tell the employer, 'Here are relevant examples of work that I've done that match what you're looking for.'" Briefly discuss the items you want to showcase so a hiring manager can spot them easily. "Bullet points work well in making your accomplishments easy to read," she says.
- What else you'll like about me: Now, succinctly, personalize your letter. "Describe who you are and what makes you stand out from other applicants," says Brown-Volkman. "Discuss your soft skills and strengths and what you're passionate about professionally." Research the company's mission statement to see if your values match up and use similar language. "This is your last chance to say, 'Here's why I am a good candidate,'" she says.
- And in conclusion: In your closing paragraph, Brown-Volkman recommends expressing your enthusiasm for a position and an interview and to include a plan of action. "Make note of your contact information and state what the next steps will be," she says. "If you will wait for their reply, tell them that. If you will be following up, tell them when they can expect to hear from you." Don't drop the ball on your first promise to a potential employer, though. "Whatever you put down, make sure you do what you say you will do," she says.