A reader recently shared with me the resume and cover letter she used to get a new job, and I liked them so much that I got her to agree to let me share them here.
Note: Do not steal these and make them your own. The reason they work is because they’ve so customized to the writer. They’re here for inspiration only — to provide an example of what all the advice here can look like in practice.
I also want to note up-front: I’d tweak some small things about this (for example, I wouldn’t include typing speed on the resume), but that’s not the point. The point is that this is an excellent illustration of a cover letter resume that will excite a hiring manager — the cover letter because it’s personable, explains why the candidate is interested in this particular job, and makes a compelling case for why she’d excel at it beyond what’s on the resume, and the resume because it shows that she has a track record of getting things done.
So when you’re wondering what it really looks like in practice when you do all the stuff I talk about here — it’s this.
Here’s a link to the cover letter and resume. (It’s a PDF. And to protect the reader’s privacy, I changed her name, the names of her employers, and the locations.)
If you’re not writing your cover letters and resume like this, you must, must start. I hear all the time from people who made this switch and suddenly started getting interviews. It makes a huge difference. Do not make me beg you.