Resumes and Cover Letters

FYI:  A resume is used in the United States for most job seekers, although a curriculum vitae, or C.V. is used for academic and medical professional's summary of work experiences.  In many foreign countries, the term curriculum vitae is used although it is in the format of an American resume.  A resume is often 1-2 pages, whereas as a curriculum vitae in America is 5+ pages long.

Our Resume Workbook is provided as a Flipbook or there is also a PDF of it at the bottom of this page if you wish to save or print it...


You might not know this, but you need a CORE resume that no one will ever see.  It's a resume with well-written statements that describe your achievements in previous positions...some may call it a generic resume but this is different.  In the "old" days people sent a generic resume to dozens of employers with poor results.  Today, you need a baseline or foundation (core) resume that will be customized for each and every job.

Once you identify the job you want, you customize your CORE resume and it becomes a TARGETED resume for that job, and ONLY that job.  You save it with the name of the company, i.e., CostcoResume.doc and only use it again for the exact same job.  For the next job you apply for, you would create another TARGETED resume from your original CORE resume or in some cases from one of the other TARGETED resumes you've saved.

So what is a resume?

A resume is your professional marketing tool and should always be accompanied by a cover letter. Too many people send resumes with little or no evidence of experience in the job that's available, when a few minutes spent developing a cover letter might explain why the job seeker thinks he or she is a good fit for the job.  It is also a good opportunity to explain what has prompted the career move and job change.

If there is little or no work history related to the job opening in the resume, there's little or no hope of getting an interview. Sending out resumes to every job announcement without explaining what you can do for the company does NOT work.

A few resume websites: