Masterclass Tips: 6 Documents to have ready


with all the documents you need updated and ready to go when you’re applying for a job can seem like a job in itself. True, the creation of certain documents may take some time, but then can not get them ready to go when needed. Here is a list of some documents should be prepared and perfect (as much as possible) before application.

Resume (s)

a resume, or back, ready to go is obvious, right? Going through the process of creating or updating, editing, and formatting is usually not an hour task (unless all you need to do is update the date of the position). Then creation / integration of multiple back. I recommend a resume that speaks to the kind of position you are applying for. I do not mean special return for each position but for different types of jobs. For example, you may be qualified for a number of different places, such as mechanic, welder, and operators. Each of these specifications will be slightly different and new that is specifically tailored to each of them will increase the chances of being seen by the recruiter.

Cover Letter

Some companies prefer the cover, some have one, and some do not want to see one (or they do not give the applicant the option to send one). In any case, one or two cover letter prepared in advance can help you save time when applying. Again, tailoring your cover letter to a specific position type is recommended. However, one general cover letter will do the trick – as long as you have crossed the letter and edit it appropriately before posting. The first paragraph shall outline the education and experience related to the position you are applying for, the rest of the body should explain who you are (ie, reliable, responsible, works well independently and in a team, etc.), and closure should give the recruiter your contact information (which should also be in the header when possible). If the cover letter is well written enough that you only need to change the first paragraph to coincide with the job listing.

References / Education History

I lump these two together because I have them together in one document. On the first page, I list the professional and personal references (some companies will see personal references as well), and the second page includes education my story.

For my references, I have their names, how long I’ve known them, and their contact information.

for the education of my story, I have a degree, institution, graduation date and GPA registered.

I have a PDF’d document saved on my computer so I can send it in the application process, and I have copies printed for the interview process. I offer this during the interview, even if I do not ask for them.


I had no letters of recommendation (Lor) from anyone in years, but I decided that this would be good to have the format that give place to build it. I actually have two – one from each of my last two instructors. A couple things to keep in mind when asking for a referral from someone: 1: make sure it is not dated (some employers will not accept Lor if it’s over so many years), 2: make sure that it is signed (a LOR isn ‘t any good if it is not signed by the person writing it), and 3 :. PDF it (this allows for easy upload to the site of the company)

Unofficial Transcripts

Some employers, not many in my experience, will ask for your backups. Some colleges start charging after they give so many certified copy, so offering unofficial copies and promising certified copy if offered post will show signs of good faith on your part and will hold an official copy your costs to a minimum.

Examples of projects

some places, especially in the marketing field, will ask for examples of your work. Having this ready in a form that is available with most anyone (ie PDF or JPEG) will allow you to easily access, download, and offer this example to a potential employer. For a position where it is common to show the type and quality of work, I recommend having a professional portfolio of work put together to show in an interview.

Pulling all the documents together before application will save you time and frustration. Almost every employer will ask for a new, but not all employers will ask for the rest of the records, but it can not hurt to have them ready just in case. And keep a few hard copies on hand when you interview with a company can be helpful and will show that you are organized and prepared.


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