Writing a Résumé and Job Application Letter
27 Hawkins Road
Clarksboro, New Jersey 08020
Professional objective A challenging position in the computer technology field.
Education 2004 to present: Rowan University, Glassboro,
New Jersey 08028
Degree: B.S. (in June)
Major courses: Introduction to Computer Science?and?
Data Structures and Algorithms ?and?
Programming in Pascal
Related courses: Introduction to Discrete Mathematics?and?
Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
Special school project As part of a class project, I chaired a study group that
advised a local business about the advantages of installing
a computerized payroll system. We projected comparative
cost figures, developed a time-sharing purchase plan, and
prepared a budget. The fifteen-page report received the
highest grade in the class.
Work experience 2004 to present: As a salesperson at Radio Shack, I am
involved in sales, inventory control, repairs, and customer
relations. I have designed a computer program that our
store uses to demonstrate the multimedia aspects of a
personal computer. This program, written in Visual Basic,
demonstrates ways the Compaq Presario 5062 can be used
in the home and small businesses.
2004-2007: My temporary jobs included word-processing
secretary, theater usher, and child-care aide.
Skills I am experienced in the following computer languages:
C++, Visual Basic, Pascal, and COBOL. I have sales
experience, am good with figures, am detail-oriented,
relate easily to people, have initiative, and am dependable.
Reference My references are available on request from Rowan
University Placement Office, Glassboro, New Jersey 08028.
; Points to Note About the résumé
1. Your résumé, along with your letter of application, is your introduction to a
potential employer. First impressions count, to make the résumé neat! 2. Proofread very carefully for sentences-skills and spelling mistakes. A potential
employer may regard such mistakes as signs of carelessness in your character. You
might even want to get someone else to proofread the résumé for you. 3. Be brief and to the point: Use only one page if possible.
4. Use a format like that of the model résumé. Balance your résumé on the page so
that you have roughed the same margin on all sides.
5. Note that you should start with your most recent education or employment and
work backward in time.
; Your résumé should point up strengths, not weaknesses. Don’t include
“Special Training” if you have had none. Don’t refer to your grade-point
average if it’s a low C. On the other hand, include a main heading like
“Extracurricular Activities” if the activities or awards seem relevant. For
example, if Eric Kurland had been a member of the Management Club or
vice president of the Computer Club in high school or college, he should
have mentioned those facts. If you have no work experience related to the job
for which you are applying, then list the jobs you have had. Any job that
shows a period of responsible employment may favorably impress a potential
; You can list the names of your references directly on the résumé. Be sure to
get the permission of people you cite before listing their names. You can also
give the address of a placement office file that holds references, as show on
the model résumé. Or you can simply say that you will provide references on
1823 Stackhouse Ln.
Akron, OH 44301
Home (817) 555-0021
Office (817) 555-9010
A tenure track position in a well estabilished sociology department, which will allow for adequate time and funding to be directed toward research.
Summary of Achievements
1988 - 1990: Awarded two years of post-graduate study at Oxford University. Pursued
the M.Phil in Social Sciences.
Gene Landis Award for Outstanding Teaching
1995 & 1997: Selected by the student body of York College.
1999 - Present
Assistant Professor, Sociology - University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA Taught such notable courses as "Intro to Sociology", "Sociology of Inequality", and
"The McDonaldization of Society".
1995 - 1998
Lecturer, York College, York, PA
Ph.D, Sociology, 1994
Penn State University, State College, PA
Specialization: Global inequality, sociology of marriage
M.Phil, Social Sciences, 1990
Oxford College, Oxford, UK
B.A. Sociology, Literature 1988
"Building More Prisons: Retribution or Rehabilitation?", American Journal of Sociology. Worthington Press, June 1995
"Big Mac Nation", published in The Globalization Reader. Bretton-Woods Press. August, 1997.
723 South Beston St.
Indianapolis, IN 46021
(521) 555 - 0237
A challenging position as a marketing and sales director with an opportunity for
challenge and personal growth.
Directed and coordinated the successful launch of several key product lines in the competitive high-tech industry where quick movement from conceptual stages to market is essential.
Marketing Sales Director, 1995 – Present？ Intel, Indianapolis, IN
; Coordinated marketing and sales efforts as well as overseeing development of
; Lead a team of ten associates in developing and marketing several new product
; Designed a streamlined version of the antiquated customer feedback survey. ; Spearheaded successful product launches, resulting in added revenue of more
than $5M in just twelve months.
Sales Manager, 1990 – 1995？ Data Tech, Columbus, OH
; Directed sales and marketing operations within the high-tech sector. ; Responsible for conducting thorough analysis of consumer survey data and
devising successful marketing strategies based on survey results.
B.A., Marketing, 1990
Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Available upon request.
Job Application Letter
The purpose of the letter of application that goes with your résumé is to introduce yourself briefly and to try to make an employer interested in you. You should include only the high points of the information in your résumé.
27 Hawkins Road
Clarkboro, New Jersey 08020
May 13, 2004
Mr. George C. Arline
Personnel Manager, Indesco Associates
301 Sharptown Road
White Plains, New York 10019
Dear Mr. Arline:
I would like to be considered as a candidate for the assistant computer programmer position advertised in the Philadelphia Inquirer on April 28, 2007.
I am currently finishing my degree in Computer Science at Rowan University. I
have taken every required computer course offered at Rowan and have a solid background in the following computer languages: C++, Visual Basic, Pascal, and COBOL. In addition to my computer background, I have supplemented my education with business and mathematics courses.
My knowledge of computers and the business field goes beyond my formal classroom education. For the past two years I have worked part-time at Radio Shack, where I have gained experience in sales and inventory control. Also, on my own initiative, I designed a demonstration program for the Compaq Presario 5062 and developed promotional fliers about the program.
In short, I believe I have the up-to-date computer background and professional drive needed to contribute to your organization. I have enclosed a copy of my résumé to give you further details about my experience. Sometimes next week, I’ll give you a call to see whether I can some in for an interview at your convenience. I look forward to speaking with you then.
Points to Note About the Job Application Letter
1. Your letter should do the following:
a. In the first paragraph, state that you are an applicant for a job and identify the
source through which you learned about the job.
b. In the second paragraph, briefly state your qualifications for the job and refer the
reader to your résumé.
c. In the last paragraph, state your willingness to come for an interview. If you can
be available for an interview only at certain times, indicate this. As with you résumé, neatness is crucial. Follow the same hints for the letter that you did for the résumé
a. Type the letter on good paper.
b. Proofread very carefully for sentence-skilled mistakes and spelling mistakes. c. Be brief and to the point: Use no more than one page.
d. Use the format like the model letter. Keep roughly the same margin on all side. e. Use punctuation and spelling in the model letter as a guide. For example:
(1) Skip two space between the inside address and the salutation
(2) Use a colon after the salutation.
(3) Sign your name at the bottom, in addition to typing it.