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3 Creating a Cover Letter
and a Resume
In a business environment, people use documents to communicate with others. Business
documents can include letters, memos, newsletters, proposals, and resumes. An effective
business document clearly and concisely conveys its message and has a professional,
Some people prefer to use their own creative skills to design and compose business
documents. Using Word, for example, you can develop the content and decide on the location of
each item in a document. On occasion, however, you may have difﬁ culty composing a particular
type of document. To assist with the task of creating certain types of documents, such as resumes
and fax cover letters, Word provides templates. A template is similar to a form with prewritten
text; that is, Word prepares the requested document with text and/or formatting common to all
documents of this nature. After Word creates a document from a template, you ﬁ ll in the blanks
or replace prewritten words in the document.
Project — Cover Letter and Resume
At some time in your professional life, you will prepare a cover letter along with a resume to
send to prospective employers. In addition to some personal information, a resume usually
contains the applicant’s educational background and job experience. Employers review many
resumes for each vacant position. Thus, you should design your resume carefully so that it
presents you as the best candidate for the job. You also should attach a personalized cover
letter to each resume you send. A cover letter enables you to elaborate on positive points in
your resume; it also provides you with an opportunity to show a potential employer your
The project in this chapter follows generally accepted guidelines for writing letters and
resumes and uses Word to create the cover letter shown in Figure 3–1 and the resume shown
in Figure 3–2 on page WD 148. The personalized cover letter to the prospective employer
(Juniper Culinary Academy) includes a custom-made letterhead, as well as all essential business
letter components. The resume for Lana Halima Canaan, a recent graduate of the culinary arts
program, uses a Word template to present relevant information to a potential employer.
As you read through this chapter, you will learn how to create the cover letter and
resume shown in Figures 3–1 and 3–2 by performing these general tasks:
• Design and compose a letterhead.
• Compose a cover letter.
• Print the cover letter.
• Use a template to create a resume.
• Print the resume.
• Address and print an envelope.