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Resumes and Cover Letters

Your resume and cover letter are marketing tools during your job search. They promote you as an ideal candidate to potential employers to secure an interview. Effective resume and cover letter writing requires time and reflection. Explore the Career Services YouTube channel to gain useful tips, like how to make your resume stand out and how to network effectively.

 Resume Standards

These standards are generally accepted across all industries and job types:

  • Limit your resume to one page
  • Remove photos or graphics
  • Quantify your results and achievements
  • Use standard type (i.e., Times New Roman, Arial) no smaller than 10pt font
  • Tell the truth. Be accurate.
  • The most important standard is relevance. The content, length, type style, and each element must be relevant to the job to which you are applying.

 Elements of a Successful Resume

Header Includes your name, mailing address, email address, and phone number.
Objective or Profile (Optional) Introductory section used to highlight qualifications or to present your intentions in submitting the resume.
Education Written in reverse chronological order. May include relevant coursework, thesis, study abroad, major and minor, and GPA (if requested).
Experience Includes relevant work, volunteer, and leadership experience, listing your accomplishments and results.
Skills List skills relevant to your position of interest. May include software, lab equipment, techniques, or procedures.
Activities and Interests Can include memberships, community involvement, and community service.