Resume and Cover letter Writing
When searching for a job, the most important tools you can possess at the onset are a well written resume and cover letter. Both items will either leave a lasting impression on prospective employers, or be quickly and easily forgotten. This is just as important, if not even more crucial if you are a person with a disability, because it is often times a way to get in to the interview and at the very least, have an opportunity to show the interviewer you are more than capable of doing the job well.
The cover letter is what will sell you, so be sure it is well written, informative, and concise. Employers do not have the time to read a long letter, so only include the information that is most relevant. Everything else will be included in your resume.
A well-written cover letter consists of three main parts: an introduction, a body, and a conclusion. Each should cover important points you want the employer to remember.
The introduction should be very short, and is where you should provide your name, the position for which you are applying, and why you have chosen to apply. Your reasons could range from your wanting a job in that field, to your always wanting the opportunity to work for that specific company. Be prepared to explain both in the interview.
The body of the cover letter should include the information that will explain to the reader why you would be best suited for the job. Be honest and forthcoming, and make sure to include some of the finer points of your resume.
The conclusion should be used to sum up your reasons for wanting the job. It should also include contact information, and make reference to your resume.
The resume should be more comprehensive, and will include the same contact information, along with your employment history, education, and a series of other optional topics such as an objective, a listing of special skills and attributes that could explain why you are perfect for the position, and a list of references.
There are many possible components a resume can include, and often times these are dependent on the particular employment field. For example, if you are looking for a teaching position, your resume would look different than if you were searching for a job in finance. Consult with others in your chosen field to learn what employers want in a resume and use that information to structure your own.
Lastly, be sure to proof read your work. If you are blind or visually impaired, it is a good idea to ask someone who is sighted to check the layout of your cover letter and resume to be sure everything is aligned and in its proper place. Remember, first impressions can make all the difference in the world, and a well-written cover letter and resume can be the first step past the first hurdle of getting your foot in the door.