A resume and cover letter are all about making a good first impression. Make sure there are no spelling errors and double check your work before you send it. Again, don’t worry if you don’t have any work experience to include. Employers know that we all have to start somewhere.
Once you’ve written a resume you probably won’t have to change it too much for each application. A cover letter, on the other hand, can and should be customised to the job you’re applying for. This is your chance to explain why you are the person the employer is looking for – reread the job ad carefully and make sure your cover letter specifically responds to all the job requirements that are listed.
Most jobs advertised online can also be applied for online. Pay attention to how the employer says they want people to apply – some might prefer an email with your resume attached, others might only accept applications directly through their website.
At a lot of local businesses, the best way to apply for a job is still by handing in a resume and cover letter in person. You can often speak directly to a manager (you might have to ask for them specifically) and make sure that your resume ends up in the right hands.
Now that you’ve seen some examples, write a draft version of your own resume and cover letter.