Resumes and cover letters are usually the first impression an employer will have regarding a candidate. It is very important your resume is flawless. Our Career Coordinators are able to meet with you and review your resume. We encourage you to also refer to our Job Finder’s Handbook.
Resume Do's ° Consider a bulleted-style to make your resume reader- friendly° Keep your resume to a 2-page maximum° List work history starting with most recent and working backward° Emphasize transferable skills especially if you have minimal work experience° Proof-read your resume, any misspellings or typos could eliminate you from the candidate pool° Be sure to use resume paper
Resume Don'ts° Don’t lie or embellish on your resume° Don’t list high school information° Don’t list personal information such as marital status, age, etc.° Don’t staple your resume if two pages° Simply place your name and “Page Two” on the second page° Don’t use pictures
SAMPLE Resumes ACTION Words
Resume Tip: If you are applying to an employer online, we encourage youconvert your resume into a PDF so that the document appears as you intended.
Cover letters are your opportunity to get the employers attention. Your letter should highlight your qualifications that are specific to the position you are applying for. This is your chance to show the employer why they should offer you an interview with their organization.
Cover Letter SAMPLES
Cover Letter Do's
√ Do send an original cover letter to each employer√ Do use clean, muted colored paper√ Do speak to the job requirements√ Do provide accurate contact information√ Do sign your cover letter in blue or black ink
Cover Letter Don'ts
√ Don't send your resume without a cover letter√ Don't send a cover letter with misspellings or typos√ Don't exceed one page for a cover letter √ Don't tell your life story, highlight your strengths that relate to the position you are applying for √ Don't sound negative or frustrated
Thank You Letters
Thank you Sample
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