Creating Great REsumEs
and Cover Letters
Get on board with a strong first impression
• Cover letter: Your initial
introduction gives a
snapshot of who you are
and w...
Target your message
• Tailor each cover letter & potentially tweak your resume
as needed for each job
• Ensure your resume...
Every resume
should have:
• Career focus and approach
• Relevant work experience
• Simple, clean formatting
• Edited, prof...
Resume tips: Approach
• Be specific—focus your resume on a specific job.
• Use keywords from desired field and job descriptio...
Resume tips: Work Experience
• Show past ten or so years
only—include older history only if
relevant to the position
• Inc...
Resume tips: Format
• Avoid paragraphs; instead, use
bullets
• Keep to a maximum of two pages
with one-inch margins
• Do n...
Resume tips: Other tips
• Have a professional email address
(ex. firstandlastname@gmail.com)
• Do not include references—cr...
Every cover letter
should include:
• Salutation
• Outline of experience
• Enthusiasm and availability
• Closing
Cover letter tips:
Salutation
• Address a specific person
• Do your homework! Call the
company, look at their website, or
u...
Cover letter tips: Outline

IDEAL LENGTH IS ONE PAGE WITH TWO TARGETED PARAGRAPHS

• Opening: Identify the position you ar...
Cover letter tips: Closing

FINISH STORY AND TIE YOUR IDEAS TOGETHER WITH A ONE
PARAGRAPH CLOSING STATEMENT AND SALUTATION...
Cover letter tips:
Enthusiasm and Availability
• Be sure to show interest, professionalism, and enthusiasm
for the positio...
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Creating Great Resumes And Cover Letters

  1. 1. Creating Great REsumEs and Cover Letters
  2. 2. Get on board with a strong first impression • Cover letter: Your initial introduction gives a snapshot of who you are and why you’re a great fit for the position/company. • Resume: Effectively sells your most relevant credentials, skills, and experience.
  3. 3. Target your message • Tailor each cover letter & potentially tweak your resume as needed for each job • Ensure your resume aligns with the job requirements you are applying for. Catch the eye quickly • The primary purpose of the cover letter & resume is to display your skills and expertise, and help you stand out. • The average time spent reviewing a resume is 20 to 30 seconds, so be sure to capture attention quickly with the following tips...
  4. 4. Every resume should have: • Career focus and approach • Relevant work experience • Simple, clean formatting • Edited, professional content
  5. 5. Resume tips: Approach • Be specific—focus your resume on a specific job. • Use keywords from desired field and job description to help tailor your resume. • Proofread multiple times before sending to a hiring manager.
  6. 6. Resume tips: Work Experience • Show past ten or so years only—include older history only if relevant to the position • Include months and years, or employers may think you are trying to hide something • Address gaps in employment in your cover letter or in the interview • Career changers: list education first with relevant coursework (instead of listing work experience first)
  7. 7. Resume tips: Format • Avoid paragraphs; instead, use bullets • Keep to a maximum of two pages with one-inch margins • Do not use a font smaller than 10 point • Stick to common fonts such as Times New Roman or Arial • Use white space on the page for visual appeal—do not crowd content • Be clear and brief
  8. 8. Resume tips: Other tips • Have a professional email address (ex. firstandlastname@gmail.com) • Do not include references—create a separate document with a similar layout as your resume and provide it on request • Use spell check, read your resume out loud and ask others to review and proofread it before sending • Update your resume often to ensure your skills and experience are always up-to-date
  9. 9. Every cover letter should include: • Salutation • Outline of experience • Enthusiasm and availability • Closing
  10. 10. Cover letter tips: Salutation • Address a specific person • Do your homework! Call the company, look at their website, or use LinkedIn to find out the hiring manager’s name • As a last resort, use “To whom it may concern” [Date] Mr. John A. Smith Company 555 W. Broadway Avenue Anytown, USA 00000 Dear. Mr. Smith, I would like to apply for the position of associate company through a placement agency here in Any I am currently majoring in business at Kaplan Uni this spring. While I have a comprehensive underst further my education. I previously held an internship at Benton & Reicha While there, I worked directly under Mr. Benton as
  11. 11. Cover letter tips: Outline IDEAL LENGTH IS ONE PAGE WITH TWO TARGETED PARAGRAPHS • Opening: Identify the position you are applying for, how you learned about it and why you want to work there • Body: Read job description carefully and list your experience relevant to the employer’s requirements and how you’d be a perfect fit at the company
  12. 12. Cover letter tips: Closing FINISH STORY AND TIE YOUR IDEAS TOGETHER WITH A ONE PARAGRAPH CLOSING STATEMENT AND SALUTATION. • Say that a resume is enclosed, refer to availability for an interview, and thank them for their time and consideration • Close out with your full name with a proper closing salutation
  13. 13. Cover letter tips: Enthusiasm and Availability • Be sure to show interest, professionalism, and enthusiasm for the position • If appropriate, include availability for interviews • Follow up with a phone call or email, typically two weeks after applying

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