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Resumes and Cover Letters

Resumes and Cover Letters

Your resume and cover letter are often the first impression a potential employer will have of you, so it is vital that the first impression be both strong and positive. Below are a few tips to help you in this process.

Guidelines for resumes

  • Resumes should be concise and relevant.
  • Absolutely no grammar or spelling errors.
  • No high school information.
  • Focus on accomplishments- not tasks.
  • Quantify information- list # of people managed or amount of $ saved!
  • Each resume should be tailored to the specific job description.
  • No possesive pronouns such as I or me.
  • Do not list references on same sheet as the resume.
  • In your early career, your resume will likely be only one page. However, as you gain more experience and can bring more to the table, your resume may move to two or three pages. For example, a person with twenty years of industry experience could easily have a three page resume.

Again, relevance, relevance, relevance. Make sure the information is relevant to the job for which you are applying.

Guidelines for cover letters

  • Tailor the cover letter to the specific company and job for which you are applying.
  • Absolutely no grammar or spelling errors.
  • Research the company and address the letter to the person with the hiring responsibility.
  • Research the company so that the candidate’s strengths (education/experience) can be matched with the company’s needs, values, products, and services.
  • Cover letter should be 3-4 paragraphs.
  • Always, Always, Always, send a cover letter with each resume and make sure the cover letter addresses specifically the job for which one is applying.

Download the resume and cover letter packet.