Resumes, References, and Cover Letters How-to-Guide

The purpose of a resume is to motivate an employer to contact you to schedule an interview.  To make that happen your resume must reflect how your education and experiences fit, and exceed, the requirements for the position.  Another way to think of the resume is as a marketing tool that communicates on paper the value you will bring to the employer. You should also have a reference page (pdf), but this should be separate from your resume.

The “3 C’s of Resumes”

Clear:  Make sure your resume addresses the qualifications required for the position you seek.  It is very important that you tailor your resume for each position you pursue.

Concise:  Standard length is typically one page for recent graduates or sales professionals, but there are exceptions for professionals with a lot of related experience or in fields such as teaching.

Resume Video: view time - 1:32Clean: Make sure your resume is neat and easy to read.  Basic formatting suggestions:

  • Stick to traditional fonts such as Times New Roman, Arial, Tahoma, Verdana, Georgia.
  • Use a 10, 11 or 12pt font.
  • Highlight achievements and skill sets with bulleted statements beginning with action verbs.
  • Set headings, position titles, locations, etc. apart by consistently using bolding/italics throughout your resume. Avoid abbreviations.

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