Career & Leadership Development

Resume/Cover Letter

Networking and knowing people of hiring influence within a company or organization is one of the best ways to guarantee that you will be considered for an open position.

Obviously, however, you must look good on paper. Many times, an individual will have the qualifications, personality, and leadership abilities to succeed in a position, but their resume and cover letter are disregarded due to formatting issues, grammatical errors, or simply, lack of “pizazz and punch.” During the hiring process, your contact may have met you, but other executives may wish to review your qualifications. That ink on paper is your “face and personality” and the only opportunity you may have to make a first impression. Make it professional. Make it memorable.

Your cover letter should consist of three or four paragraphs, and the position’s “job description” should be your main reference source when writing a cover letter.  In the first paragraph, you mention the names of noteworthy connections you may have, then introduce yourself and explain why you’d be a good candidate.  In the second paragraph, show your passion for the job and why you are interested. In the third paragraph, highlight aspects of your resume that are relevant for the position (you will know what is or is not relevant by reviewing the job description) and show that you researched the company by demonstrating how your qualifications are well-suited to the position. In the fourth paragraph, summarize, then thank the reader and give an action item – will follow up at a certain time. These instructions are not set in stone, but they should give an overview of the purpose and nature of a cover letter.

While the examples on this page work for most situations, there are always exceptions depending on if the job is merely posted online, if it’s a government position with a particular application process, or if you are writing to an international organization. Understand how your industry works! Don’t wait for things to fall in your lap. Seize and create your own opportunities! Good Luck!

Resume and Cover Letter Examples

There are many different ways to write a resume, but the above samples are geared toward current Christendom College students and recent graduates.


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Contact Kristin Stephens with questions: kristin.stephens@christendom.edu

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