Cover Letter

How To Make Your Resume And Cover Letter Work Together


When applying to jobs, you typically need to create both a cover letter and a resume. Sometimes job seekers forget that these two documents work together. Because the two are intertwined, it’s a good idea to make sure they are indeed working well together. Here are some simple tips to consider when you write these documents for submission:

1. Make Sure The Fonts Match

As small an issue as this may seem, hiring managers notice if your resume is written in a mix of Georgia and Arial—and your cover letter is written in Courier New. Although this difference isn’t necessarily going to be a deal breaker, it is something that could stand out to a manager who is looking for consistency between documents (in order to determine how serious you are about attention to detail). So, to be on the safe side, take time to ensure that your cover letter font matches the predominant font in your resume.

2. Make Sure The Information Matches

The last thing you want is for a hiring manager to read about jobs or experiences in your cover letter you don’t mention in your resume. This is why it’s important you take time to create a new cover letter with each resume so all of the information matches and is tailored to the position for which you are applying.

The information in one should always match the other. If it doesn’t, it will look as though you hastily threw together documents to submit—which is an impression you definitely don’t want to give.

3. Use The Same High-Quality Paper

If you’re applying for a job the traditional way—by submitting a resume and cover letter on paper—it’s important to make sure both documents are printed on the same high-quality paper. Again, consistency is important when applying for a job, and there’s nothing more obviously inconsistent than turning in two documents printed on different types of paper.

Sometimes it’s hard to imagine how many of the “little things” matter when applying for a job. Making sure a cover letter and resume match are on that list and should be taken seriously to increase your chances of being called in for an interview—and ultimately being hired.



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Jessica Holbrook Hernandez

Jessica Holbrook Hernandez, CEO of Great Resumes Fast is an expert resume writer, career and personal branding strategist, author, and presenter.


  1. Great article! I’m a stickler for detail when applying for a job, or hiring for one. Same goes for one of our guest authors on the Good.Co blog. She wrote about her experiences as a department manager where hiring was part of her job. The article discussed many of the details that applicants missed on their applications, and although the process she went through was entirely digital, I’m sure she would agree with the points you’ve presented here. I particularly agree with the one regarding consistent paper quality. It might seem unimportant and antiquated, but as you say, it can be the details that make the difference.
    Cheers! Lisa Chatroop, Good.Co

  2. What about for situations where a job is irrelevant to the industry you are applying for and may have been from 10 – 20 years ago and was but a blip in time.

    But you still know people from there and have it on say a LinkedIn.

    Let’s add on that the hiring manager or recruiter has told you to leave that off because it is irrelevant. What do you recommend then (on the off chance recruiter and person interviewing you think differently and the person interviewing you reviews your LinkedIn).

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