Applying for a job involves three steps:
- Researching the company or job
- Creating a resume
- Preparing a cover letter
Step 1: Researching the company or job
Before you begin to send out your resume and cover letter to an employer, it's important to learn about the company and the job you are applying for. Doing some research can help you write your resume, cover letter and prepare you for an interview. Try to find answers to questions such as:
- What does the company do?
- What are the duties involved in the position you are applying for?
- What qualifications do you need for the position?
- What skills are required?
- Who are the customers or clients?
- What kind of reputation does the employer have?
Step 2: Creating a resume
A resume is an important tool when applying for any job. A resume tells an employer who you are, what you've accomplished, your qualifications, and why you want the job. It should generally include details such as your contact information, objective, work experience, education and credentials.
You can sign up with Job Bank to access the Resume Builder and create a professional resume. If you wish to build a resume without creating a user account, we invite you to try the Manitoba Resume Builder.
For more information on how to write a good resume, you can read the do's and don'ts of writing a good resume.
Step 3: Preparing a cover letter
A cover letter is your introduction to a potential employer. It should be concise, well written and tailored to the company and job you are applying for. Your cover letter should give the employer an idea of who you are and highlight what skills you have to offer. You may need to prepare a different cover letter for each job.