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Resumes & Cover Letters

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A resume highlights your skills related to your career interests. It connects your story to your community and includes your academic achievements, volunteer experiences, extra-curricular activities, summer jobs and internships. Employers initially scan a resume for 30 to 60 seconds so you need to communicate your story clearly and concisely to land the interview.

Ask for help, yes, but do not turn over the responsibility for developing your resume to someone else.

Your resume has to showcase what you have to offer. You have to think through your experiences. A third party can't know what you did or how you did it as well as you do. That said, do use expert help available to you appropriately. The staff in your career center can help you identify your skills and figure out the best way to present them. The office of Career services also offers resume critique services, which can help you identify what is and isn't working on your resume.

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Cover Letter Tips

  • In a few sentences, explain why you're a great fit for this specific role. State why you’re excited about the job and the company, and how the job matches your career goals.
  • In one or two paragraphs, connect your past accomplishments with the requirements listed in the job description. Focus on your most relevant experience, qualifications and skills. When possible, quantify your accomplishments with facts and data. Avoid repeating the bullet points from your resume.
  • Close by thanking the employer for their time and consideration. You may also want to sum up your qualifications for the role and express an interest in continuing to the next stage in the hiring process.