Here's where you can find free Quintessential Careers career and job-search worksheets for job-seekers desiring to improve your cover letters and resumes.
Most of these career and job-search worksheets are pdf documents -- for which you'll need to have installed a pdf viewer. The other two worksheets are Web-based HTML.
- Accomplishments Worksheet -- print out this Web-based worksheet to capture your accomplishments for use in your resume and cover letter to avoid one of the most common resume and cover letter mistakes -- listing job duties and responsibilities.
- College Experience Worksheet for Resume Development -- college students and recent college grads should use this worksheet to brainstorm aspects of your college experience that may be worthy of listing on your resume and discussing in your cover letter.
- Cover Letter and Resume Customization Worksheet -- each cover letter you send, and to a slightly lesser extent, each resume, should be customized for the recipient employer. Use a copy of this worksheet for each job you apply for to help ensure that you are tailoring your documents specifically to each job and employer.
Cover Letter Components Worksheet -- a critical worksheet to help job-seekers develop every aspect of a dynamic cover letter. Use this worksheet's four-paragraph cover letter formula to develop cover letters that make employers want to read your resume.
- Keywords Worksheet -- use this worksheet to help identify keywords for use in your resume and cover letter. These keywords will likely vary according to job/type of job you are seeking.
- Post-Job-Interview Thank-You-Letter Worksheet -- use this worksheet to add value to your thank-you letter by building on the strengths and minimizing the weaknesses of your job interview.
- Resume Components Worksheet -- a critical worksheet to help job-seekers develop every aspect of your resume. Whether new to resumes or just tweaking your existing resume, use this worksheet to make your resume sparkle.
- Resume Critique Worksheet -- use this Web-based worksheet to evaluate your resume once you developed or improved it. Includes a review of the ten factors job-seekers should use to evaluate your resume.
- Resume Professional Profile/Qualifications Summary Worksheet -- use this worksheet to help you develop bullet points for this very important resume section. You may want to tweak the section slightly for each job/type of job you apply for. (Not aware of this section of a resume? Check out: Fundamentals of a Good Chronological Resume.)
- Transferable Skills Worksheet -- use this worksheet to develop lists of skills and examples of how you've used them. Determine which skills are transferable and applicable to each job/type of job you plan to apply for, and plan how to portray those skills in your resume and cover letter.
Find detailed information -- including articles, tutorials, and samples -- on writing cover letters and resumes in these sections of Quintessential Careers:
The Quintessential Guide to Surefire Resumes for New Graduates and Other Entry-Level Candidates
Many of the resume and cover letter worksheets listed on this page are just a small part of a free Quintessential Careers Press e-book, The Quintessential Guide to Surefire Resumes for New Graduates and Other Entry-Level Candidates, by Katharine Hansen, Ph.D., and Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D. The book provides seven chapters that will help you pack punch into your resume and cover letter and then gives you two chapters of tools -- worksheets and samples to guide you to applying what you've learned from the book to creating surefire career-marketing documents.