Writing a cover letter
A cover letter should be provided with your résumé to introduce you to the prospective employer. A cover letter indicates that you approach your job search in a businesslike manner and creates an important first impression. It is important and demonstrates to the employer that you are seriously interested in the position you are applying for.
If applying electronically to The City of Calgary, the electronic system only permits one file to be attached, so send your cover letter with your résumé in one file.
View the sample cover letter for further tips, recommendations and layout.
The purpose of your résumé is to sell or market yourself to an employer and to obtain an interview, in this case, with The City of Calgary. Essentially you are creating your own advertisement to "get your foot in the door". Utilize your résumé to attract attention, create interest, showcase your accomplishments and encourage a hiring supervisor to contact you. In order to achieve this, you must communicate your relevant skills, education, experience and interests effectively so that the employer can make an initial evaluation of your résumé and match it to the job.
The résumé preferred by The City of Calgary lists your skills and experience first. Your employment history is listed next. With this type of résumé you can highlight the skills you have that are relevant to the job you are applying for, and also provide the chronological work history that employers prefer.
The City of Calgary does not use a résumé scanner for shortlisting applicants. This type of résumé is not required.
Assistance with writing résumés and cover letters, or attending workshops on these topics, can be access freely from the provincial government career resources.