For a long time I recommended sending your resume or cover letter formatted as a .doc file, with the .doc extension; for example, susan-ireland-r ...more
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Create a Resume or CV
Here's a basic all-purpose resume format (template) that you can copy and paste into your blank document or download as an MS Word file. It's a good start to creating your resume, works well with other advice on this website, and is absolutely free.
Free resume examples for lots of occupations, careers, and industries. Each sample resume has a description of what resume format is used and what problems are solved in the content and layout of the resume. You'll find resume examples for all levels from entry-level to executive.
Get good ideas for each part of your resume by browsing lots of samples of Job Objective statements, Summary statements, and achievement statements — all from resumes by real job seekers. You'll also find full Education sections from high school level to Ph.D.
Know your resume format options and which is the best resume format for your job search. See resume templates and samples for the chronological, functional, and combination resume formats. You'll also find resume formatting tips for solving your work history problems.
Learn what resume templates employers prefer and which one is best your job search. You'll find professional resume templates for chronological, functional, and combination resume formats, along with matching resume samples. Also, read some key tips on using Word resume templates.
Step-by-step guide for how to write each part of your resume. Learn how to pick the right professional resume format and how to solve problems such as unemployment, short-term jobs, and dates that might show your age. Also learn how to use your resume to make a career change.
Susan Ireland's Ready-Made Resume program is a resume builder with professional resume templates you can download. There are resume templates (and resume samples) in the chronological, combination, and functional resume formats with built-in resume tips for solving your job history problems.
Write a Cover Letter
Lots of free cover letter samples formatted for email, hardcopy, and posting on websites. You'll find letters sent to recruiters, hiring managers, human resources, and in response to newspaper ads and online job posts. Each one is targeted to a specific employer and job.
More free cover letter examples from real job seekers. They were sent to me by folks who wanted my advice on how good their cover letters were and how they could make them better. It's a growing collection of the best resume cover letters sent to me.
A job seeker's best friend: a good cover letter template! You'll find free resume cover letter templates, sample cover letters written from those cover letter templates, and tips for using a letter template so it doesn't sound like a form letter. Also, learn how you can download my best Word cover letter templates.
Write cover letters and cover emails that get employers to read your resume. You'll find free cover letter templates that make it easy to know what to say. And besides the letter templates, there's advice on what to say for salary history, how to highlight your qualifications, and how to ask for a job interview.
Send a Thank You Letter
The best of the best tips for writing a thank you letter after the interview. Also, how to use a thank you note to follow up after a job offer. Includes links to my favorite thank you letter template, as well as sample thank you letters and emails for real job seekers.
Thank you letter examples for after a job interview, after a job offer, and even after a job rejection. You'll also find a note to your network to thank members for helping with your job search. All of these sample thank you notes are brief but very important to your job search.
Ace your interview! Practice these interview questions: ones for all job seekers and special interview questions for managers and executives. Also included are helpful tips about behavioral interviewing and how to get the most bang for your buck with your behavioral answers.