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Resumes and applications

Resumes and applications

Documents such as job applications, resumes, and cover letters provide an opportunity for you to market yourself to employers.

Your resume describes your experience, skills, and training. A resume is not a list of everything you have ever done; instead you choose the aspects of your experience to highlight that make you a good candidate for the job you seek.

For most jobs, you will submit your resume and cover letter by e-mail or through a job board or company website. Most online applications systems require that you create a user account and profile. When you submit a job application, your resume may be reviewed by a person in human resources, or by an applicant tracking system (ATS) programmed to scan for keywords, former employers, years of experience, and schools attended to identify candidates. In either case, building a strong resume will help you get your foot in the door.

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