Resumé and Cover Letter Resources
Research has shown that employers, on average, give a resumé and cover letter only 10-15 seconds of attention so you can't afford to miss out!
What is a Resumé?
A resumé is a self-marketing tool that highlights your education, experience, and accomplishments while profiling your ability to do the work for which an employer is hiring. It provides employers with a quick summary of your education and experience to capture their attention, given that on average, employers scan a resumé for only 10-15 seconds. The formatting outlined in this guide is only an example, and individuals will have different preferences that add unique touches to their resumé. A resumé is used for job search applications and provides an overview of your experiences to an employer.
What is a Cover Letter and when should you use it?
The purpose of a cover letter is to highlight and explain your skills that you mentioned on your resume. Your resume should always be accompanied by a cover letter. You should use a different cover letter for each position to highlight the skills that are most applicable to the position to which you're applying.
Resources to help develop your resumé:
- Resum? and Cover Letter Guide - Explains how to develop a resumé and cover letter and provides samples of various sections and formats
- Action Verbs - How do you describe your work or volunteer experience? These verbs will help you design your sections and describe your duties
Resumé & Cover Letter Review
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