Résumé and Cover Letter - What, When, Why?

Video Transcript

The host, a young man in his twenties, appears on screen in front of an all-white backdrop and begins to speak. The words “You need a job” appear on the right.

You need a job, right? Right.

He disappears from screen, replaced by a cartoon head. Exclamation marks and question marks pop up beside the head, indicating anxiety and confusion.

You’re worried and you’re anxious, and you don’t know where to start.

Host re-appears on screen.

Stop worrying! You just need a couple of tools to kick-start your job hunt—like a résumé and a cover letter.

The words “résumé” and “cover letter” appear on the right.

These two documents are your first real contact with a potential employer.

Two documents appear on screen—one represents a résumé, the other a cover letter. The cover letter becomes faded and the words “skills,” “education,” and “accomplishments” appear over top. Then, the résumé becomes faded and the words “introduction to employers” appears over top.

Your résumé shows off your skills, education, and accomplishments, and a cover letter introduces you to employers.

Host re-appears on screen.

Maybe you’re wondering: “Why do I have to write a cover letter and résumé anyway?” The answer is simple. You need them, and employers expect them!

The words “Employers expect a résumé and cover letter” appear on the right.

In fact, they use your résumé and cover letter to see if you’re the right fit for the job.

Images of a résumé and cover letter re-appear on screen and become faded. Words ‘Right fit for the job’ appear over top.

Host re-appears on screen.

Besides, providing a strong cover letter and a clear résumé is the best way to make a good first impression. It shows that you can write, that you can communicate, and that you’re professional.

The Web address “youth.gc.ca/jobhunt” appears beside the host.

To find out more, go to youth.gc.ca/jobhunt.

Canada wordmark appears on screen. Fade out.