PGA of America

Cover Letters, Resumes & References

Cover Letters

A good cover letter grabs a perspective employer’s attention in the first line, shows who you are, what skills you possess and what kind of communicator you are.

Employers expect applicants to make strong, clear, positive statements about themselves in both a cover letter and resume. While employers typically just scan resumes, they will read a cover letter word for word unless it is filled with empty words and cliches.

Tailor your cover letter with specific accomplishments that fit the employer’s needs, construct your resume objective or professional summary to those needs in conjunction with your skills and history, and make sure your work history bullets support your cover letter and profile.

Make sure to include something that shows you have researched the facility, you have the necessary skillset and experience and that you desire to join the team.

Sample Cover Letters


Resumes

It is critical to carefully prepare a professional-looking resume that highlights your skills and qualifications to impress the employer and meet the goal of being selected for an interview.

So how do you convey that in your resume? Emphasize how you have made the places you worked a better place and show how these successes parallel their priorities.

Your resume is a sales pitch for you. While presentation needs to be eye catching with all of the T’s crossed and I’s dotted, the content is critical in selling you. It needs to be polished and targeted to each employer’s needs.

Do your homework on the facility, job requirements, current employees, and the “hot buttons” that the employer has in relation to the needs of the facility. Reach out to your Career Consultant, PGA members in the area and contacts you may have at the facility or who know the facility and the job.

Sample Resumes


For additional information pertaining to cover letters and/or the the job search process, please contact your Career Consultant.


References

It is common to include a reference page when submitting your resume and cover letter.

Your reference page can be as critical as your documents. Make sure to let each reference know they may be called, by whom and what points to cover. Also prepare to have references cover all of an employer’s priorities.

Employers regard reference checking as a very important part of the selection process, and will, in most cases, have a prepared list of questions to pose to your references. Experienced reference checkers look for positive as well as negative responses. Any negative response, no matter how subtle, can cost you the chance for an interview.

If you have questions pertaining to reference pages and/or the job search process, contact your Career Consultant.

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Resumes

It is critical to carefully prepare a professional-looking resume that highlights your skills and qualifications to impress the employer and meet the goal of being selected for an interview.

So how do you convey that in your resume? Emphasize how you have made the places you worked a better place and show how these successes parallel their priorities.

Your resume is a sales pitch for you. While presentation needs to be eye catching with all of the T's crossed and I's dotted, the content is critical in selling you. It needs to be polished and targeted to each employer's needs.

Do your homework on the facility, job requirements, current employees, and the "hot buttons" that the employer has in relation to the needs of the facility. Reach out to your Career Consultant, PGA members in the area and contacts you may have at the facility or who know the facility and the job.

Sample Resumes


For additional information pertaining to cover letters and/or the the job search process, please contact your Career Consultant.


References

It is common to include a reference page when submitting your resume and cover letter.

Your reference page can be as critical as your documents. Make sure to let each reference know they may be called, by whom and what points to cover. Also prepare to have references cover all of an employer's priorities.

Employers regard reference checking as a very important part of the selection process, and will, in most cases, have a prepared list of questions to pose to your references. Experienced reference checkers look for positive as well as negative responses. Any negative response, no matter how subtle, can cost you the chance for an interview.

If you have questions pertaining to reference pages and/or the job search process, contact your Career Consultant.