Renton Technical College Library

Cover Letters and Resumes : A Pathfinder


Many times your cover letter and resume open the door to an interview. Cover letters must be crafted so that they spark an interest in the person who reads it—among all of the others that they receive. The cover letter should address the needs of the company and identify some of the corresponding talents of the applicant. The resources listed below will help get you started in creating an outstanding cover letter and resume. The resources listed below are available in the library and online. The terms and phrases listed in the subject headings below can be used to search for more materials in the library's catalog and research databases. If you need further assistance, please ask a librarian.


Writing Cover Letters


Cover Letter Guide
Brief instructional on writing cover letters with sample letters for you to use.

Cover Letters, Etc., Monster Resume Center
Offers articles, tips, and information on all aspects of writing cover letters.

The First and Best Cover Letters on the Internet, CareerLab
Features 200 free cover letters to use in your job hunt.




Cover Letters that Knock ‘Em Dead, rev. ed. by Martin John Yate. Holbrook, MA: Adams Pub, 1992. RTC Library Call Number:  650.14 YATE-M 1995c
Shows you how to create a compelling cover letter that will land you the interviews that you want.


175 High-Impact Cover Letters, by Richard H. Beatty. New York : John Wiley & Sons, 1992. RTC Library Call Number:  650.14 BEATTY 1992
Includes step-by-step instructions and many samples. Covers the five different types of cover letters: employer broadcast letters, search firm broadcast letters, advertising response letters, networking cover letters, and resume letters.



Writing Resumes


Monster Resume Center
Offers resume tips by industry, dos, don'ts, and dilemmas.

WorkSource Resume Information
How to choose a resume format, what to include, plus sample resumes.


The 90-minute Resume, 2nd ed. by Peggy Schmidt. Princeton, NJ : Peterson's Guides, 1992. RTC Library Call Number:  650.14 SCHMIDT 1992n
A guide to putting a quality resume together quickly.

Blue Collar and Beyond: Resumes for Skilled Trades and Services by Yana Parker. Berkeley, Calif. : Ten Speed Press, c1995.  RTC Library Call Number:  650.140236 PARKER 1995b
This book gives over 130 examples of resumes in such fields as automotive, construction, electronics, plus help dealing with tricky resume issues.

The Damn Good Resume Guide: A Crash Course in Resume Writing, 4th ed. by Yana Parker. Berkelye, CA : Ten Speed Press, 2002. RTC Library Call Number:  650.14 PARKER 2002
This book covers all aspects of resume and cover letter writing: resume formats, summarizing your qualifications and work history, writing objectives and cover letters.

Expert Resumes for Manufacturing Careers,  by Wendy S. Enelow and Louise M. Kursmark. Indianapolis, IN : JIST Works, 2002. RTC Library Call Number:  650.142 ENELOW 2002
This offers samples of resumes for skilled and unskilled laborers, craftsmen ,and executives in the manufacturing sector.

Resumes for the Health Care Professional by Kim Marino. New York : Wiley, 2000. RTC Library Call Number:  610.69 MARINO 2000
This offers samples of resumes for health care professionals - including nurses, technicians, therapists, and dietitians.

Resume Catalog: 200 Damn Good Examples, reprint ed. by Yana Parker. 1988. Berkeley, CA : Ten Speed Press, 1996. RTC Library Call Number:  610.14 PARKER 1988 .
Includes sample resumes for adaptation or inspiration. Cover all levels of experience and a wide range of careers.

Resumes that Knock ‘Em Dead, 3rd ed. by Martin John Yate. Holbrook, MA: Adams Media Corp, 1998.  RTC Library Call Number:  650.14 YATE-MA 1998r
Shows you how to create a compelling resume that will land you the interviews that you want.

Local Resources

WorkSource Washington - Washington State website listing employment opportunities in the public and private sectors.

NW Classfieds - Job openings listed in the Seattle Times.

South Sound Classified -  Job openings listed in Tacoma and south Puget Sound papers.


Subject Headings


Search the library catalog for books on these topics:

  • cover letters

  • resumes (employment)


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