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Chapter 24. The Professional Edge: Writi... > Onward and Upward: Resumés and Cover... - Pg. 283

The Professional Edge: Writing on the Job 5. 283 6. Get it right.Your letter will end up in the circular file if it contains writing errors or mistakes about the job or company. Have a trusted friend review your resumé. Be sure to pick someone who is attentive to details, can effectively critique your writing, and will give an honest and objective opinion. Seriously consider the advice. Get a third and fourth opinion if you can. Be classy and professional.Make your resumé look as good as you are, so laser-print it on plain, white paper. Typing and dot matrix printing can look cheesy. I can't overestimate the impact a professional, individually tailored cover letter can create on pro- spective employers. It shows that you're a member of the inner circle: an intelligent, competent individual. Writing a brilliant cover letter can help you convince employers that you're someone worth hiring. The Least You Need to Know · All business letters are brief, complete, clear, and polite. · Business letters always contain the date, inside address (recipient's address), salutation, body, close, and signature. They may contain initials, enclosures, and cc: for copies. · Good-news letters start with the good news, present the main points and details, present any negative elements, and end on a positive note. · Bad-news letters open with a buffer, give reasons for the action, present the bad news, offer an alternative, and end with a positive statement. · A resumé is a persuasive summary of your educational background, job experience, and related talents and abilities. A cover letter is the letter that accompanies a resumé when you apply for a job. · A work history resumé summarizes your accomplishments in reverse chronological order, stressing aca- demic degrees, job titles, and dates. A functional (skills) resumé emphasizes your skills.