Resumes and cover letters are marketing tools designed to sell you, your skills, and accomplishments to a potential employer.
To assist you in your job search, we’ve provided resume samples for teaching, counseling, and law enforcement. These samples are a guideline for you to use while creating your own resume. Please note, employers will notice if you are cutting and pasting from a resume sample. Be thoughtful and personal when designing and writing your own resume. Make sure your resume is written for a specific position. You can create your own template, but will need to change it according to the job requirements. Your resume should demonstrate that you have the requisite skills to meet the hiring employer’s needs.
The cover letter is a letter of introduction and the first interaction between you and the employer. It should be engaging, position specific, and well-written. A cover letter should explain strengths that may not be listed in your resume and reasons for your interest in the position. If the employer asks for specific information in the job description - such as salary requirements, or an interview date - make sure you include all these items. This letter should reflect your personality and attitude.
When writing your cover letter, avoid fancy serif fonts and try to keep it to one page. We recommend that you use Times New Roman or Helvetica with a size of 11 points. Don’t use acronyms unless they are spelled out the first time used. Use high quality bond paper with matching envelopes and personal note cards. Reproduce your resumes professionally or use a laser printer. Don’t staple your resume. Use a paper clip instead.
We wish you success in your job search and hope these samples and suggestions are helpful.