You’ve heard the phrase, “You never get a second chance to make a first impressi

You’ve heard the phrase, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” Your cover letter, resume, and job application are that first impression to potential employers and your first opportunity to demonstrate your professional writing and communication skills.
What will make your resume and cover letter stand out from the pile a potential employer receives? The answer includes basic writing skills, presentation, and knowing how to emphasize your experience and then tailoring it to the specific job descriiption. These are all keys to making a great first impression and securing that job.
To prepare for this Discussion:
Review Chapter 6 of your course text (page 191). What are the common characteristics of these documents that make them professional examples of cover letters?
Review the unprofessional examples of a reference sheet and a cover letter in your Learning Resources. What characteristics of these documents make them unprofessional examples of reference sheets and cover letters?
Consider why it is important to provide potential employers appropriately written cover letters and reference sheets.
Think about how you would represent yourself in a cover letter. What information about your professional experience would you include? What kinds of professional references would you provide a potential employer?

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