|Your resume is a critical document which serves to promote your strengths, skills, and experiences to a potential employer. The content and organization of your resume are critical to catching the employer's attention, especially since employers spend an average of 20-30 seconds reviewing a resume. Therefore, take time to carefully craft a resume that effectively markets what you have to offer and your understanding of the position for which you're applying.
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Carefully read through this resume writing handout which guides you through the process of constructing an effective resume. A sample is included.
Below are sample resumes from a variety of majors. Please note that these are only samples - there is not one right way to construct your resume! You should customize your document (the order of information, skills mentioned, section headings, etc.) to best represent your qualifications and fit for the position at hand. Even if your major does not appear below, use these samples for ideas!
Consult this page for information about marketing your transferable skills to employers.
One way of catching the eye of the employer is to use a variety of action verbs to showcase your skill sets.
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Cover Letters: The cover letter is often your first introduction to a prospective employer. An effective cover letter will provide an introduction, explain the purpose of writing (to apply for a specific job or internship opportunity), and create enough interest to generate an interview. The letter should demonstrate your written communication skills, outline how your skills and experience match the employer’s needs, and express your interest and enthusiasm for the position. Do not use a generic cover letter for each resume that you send; instead, compose a letter that responds specifically to the organization’s needs. Click here for information on how to emphasize transferable skills in your cover letter.