Resume & Cover Letters
A resume is a clear, concise, and professional one- or two- page summary of your qualifications relating to the position for which you are applying. A resume is a personal statement that should reflect your style and will differ from any other person’s resume. It serves as an advertisement that highlights your skills and experiences and creates a prospective employer’s first impression of you. It should provide sufficient information to effectively present your qualifications and interest the employer enough to invite you for an interview.
A cover letter (if requested) should highlight in 1 or 2 paragraphs which position and where you found the position you are applying for, the skills you have that match the position, and close by requesting an opportunity to interview. It should be directed to a named individual or a title such as Hiring Manager, Selection Committee head, etc.
- Place your name, address (city, state, zip), telephone number, and e-mail address at the top of the resume.
- Bold or increase the font size for your name to help it stand out.
- Avoid using labeling or itemizing these: name, phone number, address, or resume.
- Avoid including personal information such as marital status, date of birth, number of children, etc.
- Place your education history at the top of the page.
- Include the names of schools, degrees received, dates you received them.
- ONLY list earned degrees or certificates.
- You may list some relevant course work if desired. This could be particularly helpful in some of the technical fields or if seeking an internship.
- Can be titled “Work History,” “Employment,” “Employment History,” or “Professional Experience.”
- This category can also include internships and volunteer activities.
- Include the name of the employer, your job title, and your responsibilities or duties.
- Avoid including your supervisors' names and phone numbers, as this should be included in the job application.
- Avoid gaps in your work history.
- Avoid using first- and third-person narrative.
- This category can include information such as club memberships, awards, honors, interests, etc.
- This category is normally included since employers want to ensure that the candidate has common computer skills such as Word, Excel, or other required computer software.
- Can also use the simple heading "Skills" to include all other relevant skills such as such as language skills.
- It is not necessary to list references on your resume. If you want to include your references, they should be placed on a separate sheet entitled “References.” Most employers do not require references to be sent with the resume. If you indicate that your references are available upon request, make sure that you are prepared to provide them.