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Cover Letters and Resumes


Preparation: See how a cover letter and resume look like
A cover letter is also known as application letter. This kind of letter is sent to a company
when you apply for a job there. Here are some examples of cover letters. Look at them
carefully to see how a cover letter looks like.

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If it is sent by email, a cover letter will look like this.

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A resume is usually known as curriculum vitae (CV). This is an enclosure that you put
along with your cover letter in your application set. Here is an example of a resume.

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What to Include in Cover Letters and Resumes


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Cover Letters
Your letter should detail your specific qualifications for the position and the skills
you would bring to the employer. However, the body of a cover letter is divided into
three sections: (a) the introduction, which details why the applicant is writing; (b) the
body, which discusses relevant qualifications; and (c) the closing, which thanks to the
reader and provides contact information and follow-up details. See this example.

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John Denaldson
09 Thayers Farm Road
Applicants Address

Abington, Northampton
NT124PF

30 April 2005
Date

George Gilhooley
Horizons Unlimited Co.
87 Delaware Road
Hatfield, CA 08065
Introduction

Employers Address
(The Company)

Dear Mr. Gilhooley,


I am writing to apply for the programmer position advertised in the Times Union. As
requested, I am enclosing a completed job application, my certification, my resume, and three
references. The opportunity presented in this listing is very interesting, and I believe that my
strong technical experience and education will make me a very competitive candidate for this
Body

position.

With a degree in Computer Programming, I have a full understanding of a software


development project. I also have experience in learning and excelling at new technologies as
needed. Please see my resume for additional information on my experience.
I can be reached at any time via email at john.denaldson@gmail.com or my cell phone,
909-576-873.
Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to hearing from you about this
employment opportunity.
Closing
Sincerely Yours,
Name and
Signature

Signature (for a hard copy letter)


John Denaldson

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Resumes
A resume provides your detailed information. This information includes:
a.

Personal details, which include:


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Full name

Complete Address (both real and mailing, if different)

Contacts

b.

Certifications

c.

Education Background (formal schools)

d.

Specialized Study (if any)

e.

Experiences (field, related work and / or performance)

f.

Professional memberships (if any)


See examples of a resume from the previous part and study the details.

Practice: Write Letters and CV


Now, have a little practice by writing your own cover letter and resume.

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