Resume Help/cover letter


i was drafting a cover letter for the position of a teacher.i dont know the exact we have to mention our name on the top?what about the subject of the letter?what is the difference between a job application and a cover letter?please help.

Hi Anabell,

My suggestion is that you use the same letterhead format for both your cover letter and resume so that you help create a "brand" for yourself and make it easy for the reader to find your contact information.  Center everything at the top and put a line of separation between the letterhead and the body of the letter.

The cover letter has one specific purpose: to tell the employer that you can do, have done, or have been trained to do everything mentioned in their job announcement.  If you fail to address the specific qualifications and duties the employer wants done, you have failed to provide the employer what they are looking for and you will have missed a chance to set yourself apart from other candidates.  Scan the job announcement carefully, highlight everything they want done, and then address those things in a one-page letter with your signature at the bottom.

The job application and cover letter have very little in common.  The former is a legal document in which you affirm that the basic information they want provided is all true.  The latter is your chance to provide a narrative that states why you are the best candidate for the position.  The two items are completely separate and the letter should never be a restatement of your resume or of the information provided in the application.

My suggestion to you is to attach both your resume and your letter (once you get it done) to an email and send them to me at the address below.  I will be happy to review them for you and give you suggestions on strengthening both.  Remember what these documents are designed to do - get you an interview.  That's it.  And unless you can make them perfect, your chances at that interview are greatly diminished.  So, send them to me and I'll get back to you quickly with a critique.

Best wishes,

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