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Transcript of Resumes
Functional- highlights abilities rather than work history.
Combination-combines the other formats to show work history and related skills.
Résumés and Cover Letters That WIN Interviews
Terrence Hood, Career Advisor
Use the Job Description
Proofread. Your Career Advisor can review your resume with you!
Show off your accomplishments! This is your time to shine!
Always target your resume to a specific position or type of job.
List your most important qualifications first.
Use solid, round bullets.
Use present tense for current positions.
Things to Avoid
Unnecessary spaces and unaligned bullet points
Vague or wordy Objectives
"References Available Upon Request"
Do Your Research!
Research the company and "Dear Mr. Smith:
understand the organization &
products/services they provide. I am writing to apply for the
position of TITLE with COMPANY NAME. I learned of this position through INSERT PLACE. Like COMPANY NAME, I value....."
Use that research to make a "I am very interested in the
connection with that employer. opportunity to work with
Highlight why you're interested. leading professionals with
experience in INSERT AREAS."
Name of Institution
Location of Institution
Official Degree title and major (i.e. Bachelor of Arts in History)
GPA (if 3.0 or better)
4151 S. Hulen Fort Worth, TX 76133 817-555-7666 email@example.com
Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX
Bachelor of Arts, Sociology, May 2011
Leadership London, London, England
Completed coursed in leadership while experiencing British culture, Summer 2010
List experience in reverse chronological order
Content should include:
Name of the organization
Location of the organization
Bullet points describing what you did
Intern, January 2010 - May 2010
Dallas County Juvenile Department, Dallas, TX
• Performed school and curfew checks with probation officers
• Accompanied probation officers on home visits and court hearings
• Coordinated and provided daily educational programming and activities
Administrative Clerk, April 2008 - January 2010
United States Attorney’s Office, Fort Worth, TX
• Performed clerical duties such as filing, data entry and answering phones
• Made daily runs to courthouse and interacted with attorneys and court clerks
• Oversaw and entrusted with confidential, sensitive materials and information
Camp Counselor, Lake Minnetonka Camp, May 2008 - August 2008
Student Assistant, TCU Registrar’s Office, September 2007 - May 2008
What is a Cover Letter?
Cover Letter Paragraphs
Details the purpose for writing:
Position you're applying for.
Where you learned about the position.
Why you are interested in that company specifically.
Sell your qualifications. Tell them what they cannot see on your resume.
What experiences do you have that relate?
Provide specific examples.
Your opportunity to thank the employer.
Provide your contact information.
End with "Sincerely", a few spaces and your name. Leave room for a signature.
Tips for a Strong Cover Letter
Highlight any requirements Use those to brainstorm your content.
or job duties you've done before. Highlight experiences relevant to the job.
"I am currently a junior majoring in Sociology at Texas Christian University. Through my (
) course, I have had the opportunity to (
). The knowledge gained from this will allow me to successfully (
INSERT REQUIREMENT FROM JOB DESCRIPTION
Resumes/Cover Letters Agenda
What Employers Want (video)
Section Types and Examples
Quick Resume Tips
Things to Avoid
Use Optimal Resume to Build Your Resume
Possible Resume Categories
Bad Resume Activity
Name of company, their title
purpose for writing
Body: Relate specific
skills & experience to
Closing: Thank them
for their time, indicate
how you'll follow up;
include contact info.
Example of Education Section Content
Career Services Contact Information
BNSF Railway Career Center
Jarvis Hall, First Floor
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday- Friday
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Like Me on Facebook!
Create multiple résumés
Select your category of résumé based on major and field
Use section examples to quickly format your content
Hints and tips for each section
Preview your résumé's look at any point