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SLS1122 - FYE Career Exploration: Career Preparation

Career Development

Cover Letters

Cover letters are a professional introduction to your resume. They enable you to showcase your communication skills and provide a glimpse of your personality. Some employers won't even consider a resume that is not accompanied by a cover letter. Therefore, all resumes should be sent with a cover letter.
Cover letter elements include the following:
  • salutation
  • introductory paragraph
  • two paragraphs highlighting the applicant's experience, skills, and accomplishments
  • closing paragraph with a request for an interview or other follow-up steps


There are two main styles of resumes: chronological and functional
Functional: this type of resume highlights your skills. You should use this type of resume if you do not have a lot of work experience, or if your work experience is in a different field from the job to which you are applying. This type of resume is ideal for first-year students or people who want to switch career paths.
Chronological: this type of resume highlights your employment history. You should use this type of resume if you have a lot of career experience in one field and are planning to apply for a job in that field.
 Visit the following links for guides to help you create your resume:

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