By: Amy Schlubach

At Crossroads Consulting, we read plenty of cover letters and résumés, and reading the same information in two different ways is far from thrilling. The cover letter should “sell” your résumé, not duplicate it. A cover letter is your chance to show how the skills listed on your résumé can directly tie into the job you desire.

Larry Barkdull, an awarding winning writer, said the following:

“The purpose of a cover letter is to get your resume read.”

“The purpose of a resume is to get an interview.”

“The purpose of an interview is to get a job.”

To break it up:

Cover letter

  • Tells exactly what kind of work you’re interested in
  • Can explain things a resume can’t, such as large gaps
  • Another chance to showcase experience and qualifications
  • Should be short and sweet and to the point


  • Demonstrates you can do the job
  • Highlights past accomplishments
  • Should be customized to reflect the skill set that you have that reflects what the job is that you’re applying to.

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