Sample Resume and Cover Letter
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The writer of these documents doesn't work too hard to demonstrate
his qualifications. He merely restates information on his resume rather
than explaining how this information is related to the position he
And then the letter has an extremely arrogant tone established in
the first sentence, and continued throughout the rest of the document.
Also notice the spelling errors. Apparently this person is too busy to
proofread. The writer has also failed to adhere to the conventions of
standard letter format. He has failed to include the reader's city and
state in the inside address, and feels that a personalized salutation is
While the writer pays the reader a compliment in the letter's
closing (he's impressed with the company), he seems have no idea about
this company specifically. This letter fails to demonstrate how the
writer's qualifications match the reader's needs.
The resume is also problematic too. Since the writer hasn't had
any jobs directly related to the position he seeks, he'd be better off
doing a skills rather than a functional resume. In a skills resume, he
could explain how what he's learned in his courses and his job are
related to what the reader is looking for. Instead, the writer just
spaced out his coursework to make this document fill an entire page.
It seems that the writer didn't put too much thought into
generating these documents. They're both quite generic, and so, are less
likely to catch the attention of a recruiter looking for uniquely
qualified individuals to interview.
7550 Nicholson Dr.
Baton Rouge, LA 70820
April 27, 1999
Attn: Office Manager
213 Schmoozer Dr.
I have supplied you with a copy of my resume because of my interest
in acquiring a position with Ernst and Young. The position that I am
seeking is a Cooperative Education position in Information Risk
Management. After serving the Cooperative Education period and
completing my time at Louisiana State University, I would be interested
in a permanent position with your company.
If I receive a Cooperative Education position, I will be scheduled to
graduate from Louisiana State University in the Spring of 2002. I will
be receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems and
Decision Sciences. My current cumulative grade poing average is 3.5 on
a 4 point scale. Some of the more advanced classes that I have taken
include Statistical Methods and Models I and II, Intermediate Accounting
I and II, and Business Writing. I have also received numerous honors
including Deans List recognition, membership in the Phi Eta Sigma
National Honor Society, and twoo Air Force ROTC scholarships.
I would like to once again express my interest in Ernst and Young. I
have looked into many different companies in my search for Cooperative
Education, but I was extremely impressed with your history. I have
talked to people who have delt with you and have heard nothing but the
highest praises. I hope that you would consider meeting with me in
person to discuss the position that I am seeking. If you have any
questions or requests, please contact me. Thank you very much for your
time and consideration.
7550 Nicholson Dr.
Baton Rouge, LA 70820
A Co-op position as an Information Risk Management trainee with an
opportunity for a job in Information Risk Management following
Louisiana State University: Bachelor of Science in Information
Systems and Decision
Current Cumulative GPA: 3.5/4.0
- Introduction to Management Information Systems
- Statistical Methods and Models I
- Statistical Methods and Models II
- Introductory Financial Accounting
- Intermediate Accounting I
- Intermediate Accounting II
Gallaghers Restaurant: Bussed tables during summers of 1995,
1996, and 1998
- Deans List: Fall 1997 and Fall 1998
- Member of Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society
- Current Recipient of TOPS Scholarship
- Awarded three year Air Force ROTC scholarship in Civil
Engineering in 1997
- Awarded three year Air Force ROTC scholarship in Finance in 1998
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