The Everything Guide to Government Jobs: A Complete Handbook to Hundreds of Lucrative Opportunities across the Nation

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Chapter 19
Your Resume and Cover Letter

These days, your resume has to be more outstanding than ever before, but it is the cover letter that makes your first impression. It inspires your reader to examine your resume thoroughly. Because it is your goal to make your cover letter eye-catching and unique, it is inadvisable to simply reiterate the information that appears on your resume. Your cover letter is your chance to shine before you even meet a prospective employer. This chapter examines the relationship between your resume and the letter that covers it.


Preparing Your Resume

These days, most employers prefer that you send your resume via e-mail. That way, employers can use a software program that scans for format and key words. The resume is no longer a list of your work history and education. You now have to be concerned more than ever about formatting, both for ordinary mail and e-mail. You have to be clued in on the current buzzwords, key words, and catch phrases that fit the bill for the jobs you want.

Always customize your resume for each job application. In other words, if you’re applying for a position that requires substantial knowledge of certain kinds of computer software, emphasize the software experienced you’ve had at previous jobs. These days, it’s easy to customize your resume. Just make the changes in your document and save it under another name. Save all your various resumes so you can use them as needed in the future.

With your resume, you are selling yourself to an employer. It is the vehicle to get your foot in the door. The door in this case leads to an interview. Your resume is supposed to show that you are a good fit with the company or organization. It should show how you, and you alone, are the perfect candidate for that position.

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