Resume and Cover Letters
Resumes and Cover Letters are documents that one uses to sell their skills and passions, to a company, that they seek employment from.
Resume: A list of professional qualifications, education, industry knowledge, and certifications, which is used to draw in potential employers.
Cover Letter: A letter addressed to the Human Relations, or a specific hiring manager; that displays your knowledge and passion for their company. In addition, it highlights key parts of your background that jive with the company's ethos.
A resume is an extension of yourself. It is a one page document that enables potential employers to learn about your professional experience. What you accomplished in your past that helps prepare you and makes you qualified for the position you want. Having a great resume is important to get the dream job or internship that you are chasing! Hundreds, sometimes thousands of resumes pour into a recruiters folder, so it is important to make it the best you can make it to get yourself that interview. There are a lot of ideas out there on how to create the perfect one, but it is a good idea to check with your academic adviser or university's career services department for one on one help building one.
Well built resumes are concise and easily read. They start with your name and contact information and end with relevant certifications or skills.
Tip 1: Shorter is not necessarily better if it means cutting out key information that employers seek, but it is recommended that you keep to one page. Two pages, only if necessary.
Tip 2: Proof read your work! It should be easy to scan read. Remember, companies see hundreds of resume's!
Tip 3: Be personable when emailing your resume, avoid "Dear Sir or Madam," verbiage.
Tip 4: Be consistent with your fonts, narrative voice (writing in first person, third person, etc.), spacing, headers and all other formatting.
Tip 5: Use professional email addresses and keep your personal information at the top, large enough to catch the reader's eye.
Tip 6: Photos are unnecessary.
Tip 7: When writing about positions you currently hold, use words like coding, designing, building, etc. and when it is a past job, use coded, designed, built, etc.
Below is a compilation of links to university approved templates:
- American Public University resume template 1
- American Public University resume template 2
- Harvard University resume template 1
- Harvard University resume template 2
- Purdue University resume template 1
- Purdue University resume template 2
- Purdue University resume template 3
- University of California at Berkeley resume template
- University of Michigan resume template
Here is an example of a resume that has been improved over the years at UNH SEDS that the team used. If you are interested in the Word file to use as your resume, feel free to email me! firstname.lastname@example.org
This is an example of a resume format that I have perfected over the past few years. If you would like the Word file email me at email@example.com.
The Cover Letter
Cover letters SELL YOU to potential employers. Each one is unique and should be tailored to the company and job that you are applying for. DO NOT THINK THIS IS UNIMPORTANT. A well written cover letter can be the deciding factor for your application. You should research the company and the . Personally, the last one I wrote took me 12 hours and more then 3 people reviewing it. Do not think it is not worth to really make it special, especially if the job you are applying to is important to you.
A well written cover letter should answer several key questions:
1. What position you are applying for?
2. Why do you want to work for that company?
3. What will you bring that makes you stand out from everyone else?
4. How will you ADD VALUE?
Cover Letter Tips
Tip 1: Always be yourself, and make sure it is in the writing of your own. Never be fake/lie in an application.
Tip 2: Space can be a very noble pursuit, but do not be cliche. It is very easy to do this, just don't.
Tip 3: A human is reading this, and sometimes fast. Make sure it grabs their attention and they want to read it. Make it interesting, inspiring, and maybe even a tad-bit entertaining.
Look online on some tips and examples, but DO NOT copy anything. A cover letter is again, an extension of yourself. You are original, take pride in the process of writing cover letters. It should wrap your whole application together into the perfect window into you, why you are qualified for the job and how you will add value to their team.
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