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Resumes & Cover Letters

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By writing your resume and cover letters, you are marketing yourself and building your personal brand. Your resume will serve as a formal, organized summary of your job, education, experience and skills. While you write, ask yourself, "If I were an employer, would I want to interview me based on my resume and cover letter?".


Resumes

The resume is a tool used to market yourself so that you get the interview! It’s a formal, organized summary of your job and job-related experiences, education, and skills. This summary should celebrate you for the purpose of sparking employers’ interest so that they will call you for an interview.

Top 10 Resume Tips
  1. Professional, impressive and honest
  2. Easy-to-read and error-free
  3. All contact info at the TOP of the page
  4. Include at minimum skills, education and experience
  5. Most recent education and experience first (usually from past 10 years only)
  6. Include additional relevant sections: honors, awards, volunteer experience, memberships
  7. DO NOT include unrelated job duties, references, work addresses, supervisor names, photos or salary information
  8. Use career field keywords/key phrases and action verbs
  9. One page - unless additional relevant experience - clearly organized by section
  10. Save as a PDF for easy emailing/attaching

Cover Letters

A cover letter is also an important part of your job search toolkit, but be sure to understand your target-employer's expectations before sending one.

Why do I need a cover letter?
  1. Introduce you to an employer for the purpose of employment
  2. Match your professional qualifications, skills, and accomplishments to the position’s requirements
  3. Market yourself by positively presenting your key skills
  4. Demonstrate your written communication skills
  5. Show your professional personality
Top 5 Cover Letter Tips
  1. Professional, error-free writing (grammar, punctuation, capitalization, spelling)
  2. Do not use images or graphics
  3. Use variety of words including action verbs, descriptive adjectives and adverbs (see "Additional Resources" below)
  4. Demonstrate interest and enthusiasm in the position and field
  5. Use good content that includes top highlights from your resume that positively markets your qualifications and skills in the field

References

Preparing references may seem like a far less important job search task compared to networking, researching, resume writing, and interviewing. However, having good references is crucial your job search.

Think about references from the viewpoint of the hiring manager. An accepted offer means an employer is about to make a significant investment in hiring you. Do your references confirm who you project yourself to be?

Reference Tips
  1. Do not list names of references on your resume
  2. Give references ONLY if requested
  3. Base references you choose on who will offer the strongest recommendations (former supervisors, managers, co-workers, customers, vendors, academic instructors, etc.)
  4. Be sure you receive permission to use someone as a reference
  5. Collect all contact information from each reference

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