Careers Glossary: C

career management documents: A family of job letters that are self-marketing tools for people who want to be hired for the best jobs. Includes job ad reply letters, broadcast and prospecting letters, resume letters, follow-up letters, and e-mail cover notes.

competency-based approach: A resume style that focuses on the skills and talents needed to be able to perform a particular task to a certain standard. Connects your behaviors with your accomplishments.

core resume: A starting resume that you use as a base or template to spin off targeted versions of your resume (for specific positions) when you must move quickly.

cover letter: A self-marketing document designed to sell yourself and get an interview for a specific job; typically accompanies a resume.

credit histories; consumer reports: Reports that contain your payment history to creditors. These reports may also include names of previous employers, residential stability data, divorce information, and estimated prior earnings.

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