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Resume, Cover Letter, Reference Page

Resume and cover letter writing guide for college students.

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Name
14-16 font size
Bold
Resume, Cover Letter, Reference Page
Presentation Series
PURPOSE
Market qualifications
Stand out from the crowd
Get a job interview
Know what the employer is looking for
Help them find it as quickly as possible
Structure
Content
Presentation
Presentation
Seconds

Do not use a template - it is hard to tailor it to your needs

Use a professional and clean visual layout

Use bolding, underlining, or italics when necessary, but do not overuse

Keep formatting (e.g. font style and size, bold, italic) consistent

Avoid large blocks of text and use plenty of white space

Structure
Generic headings:
It is your first impression
Which
one
passes
the initial
screening?

Heading/Contact Information
Summary of Qualifications
Education & Training
Experiences
Community Service
Honors & Awards
Professional Affiliations
Major/Job/Industry Specific Headings:
Marketing Experience
Case Management Experience
Editorial Experience
Legal Experience
Leadership Experience
Administrative Experience
Social Service Experience
Broadcast Experience
Highlight the
keywords in the job
description
Identify the qualifications that they are looking for and you have
Omit details if will be posted online
Professional email
14-16 font, bold
Month / Year
Right adjusted
Keep format consistent
Position, Location, City, State
Present tense for current jobs.
Avoid "-ing"
Start with
action verbs.
Avoid "Responsible for..."
Past tense
for past jobs
Use bullets
Job Description
Resume
List the requested qualifications & pertinent skills if you meet them
References
Use specific headings to highlight most relevant experiences
Incorporate the buzz words
from the job
description.

Focus on the similar tasks you had in past jobs.
For less relevant jobs, highlight the transferable skills.
Career
Development
Center

Same Heading
Name
Title
Organization
Address
Phone
Email
Academic or
Professional
Contacts
GPA: if competitive
TAILORING
FORMATTING
Hours: Monday - Friday 9am-5pm
Location: Landon Student Union - 205
Phone: 305-899-4010
Email: careercenter@barry.edu
Headings: Upper Case & Bold
Bold keywords
Avoid "References available upon request" on resume
Have a separate page for references
Ask permission from your references before listing them
Inform your references about the job application
COVER LETTER
PURPOSE

To create a favorable, professional impression while you introduce your background and interest in employment.
Why are you interested in the position?
Why are you qualified for the position?
Why should they hire you?
How will you fit in with the organization?
WHAT TO INCLUDE?
• Research the company that you are applying to
• Use the job description as your guide for what to include
• Reference current trends in the industry

BEFORE YOU START WRITING
FORMATTING
3-4 paragraphs
Introduction
Body
Closing
Include signature. You may use cursive font style for electronic copies.
Address the letter to a specific individual
Use "Hiring Manager" if the name is unknown
Use the proper title
Use a colon
Same font style as resume
Professional business letter style
TAILORING
Identify the qualifications and experiences you meet
Accomplishments
Visit employer website
Read "About Us" and "What we do" sections to learn their mission, vision, and programs
Understand what they are proud of and what makes them unique
Examine the job description
Understand the
job tasks
Where you heard
about the position.
Position
Show that you did your research,
and know about the employer
Qualification:
Relation with
the organization
Qualifications:
Event Planning
Collaboration
Marketing
Administrative
Communication
Tailor your cover letter for each position
Highlight the most relevant skills & experiences
Give examples and focus on accomplishments
Reader loses interest quickly
Help reader spot the key information
Most current job comes first
Essential sections for your resume
Based on the job, you may categorize your experiences under different headings
Place most relevant information first: Program name, then university.
Write out the degree name
Period is optional.
Be consistent throughout.
HEADING
Phone number

Address
Current City and State
Omit details if will be posted online
Email address
Use a professional one
Good: barry.bucs@gmail.com
Bad: SoccerNut@gmail.com
Make it stand out
SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS
This section will be the first thing the employer sees. It should highlight your skills and qualifications that the employer is seeking. It is recommended to use a summary of qualifications rather than an objective statement. You don’t need both on your resume.
You may include:
• Years of experience (can also include relevant education/training experience)
• Areas of specialty
• Brief description of your most relevant skills

Refer to the job description to identify the skills and qualifications that are required, and list the ones you satisfy.
EDUCATION
• University name and location (only schools where degrees were earned)
• Degree, major/minor or concentration, graduation date (not years attended)
• GPA (optional, only list if above 3.0)
• Dean’s list, other academic honors or awards
• Study abroad (Semester and location)
• Certification/licensure (if applicable)

Should you list high school information? For freshmen and sophomores YES, since college experience is limited. For juniors and seniors NO; it is strongly encouraged to only include college experiences. But, it is still okay to include a significant achievement from high school if it is very relevant to your job search.
EXPERIENCE

• Internships
• Part-time Jobs/Summer Jobs
• Full-time Positions
• Academic Projects/Coursework
• Community Service/Volunteering
Under the experience section, you should list your relevant experiences
in reverse chronological order. You may also include self-employment,
community service, campus activities, and leadership experiences if they
are relevant to the position you are applying for.
Examples of Experience
EXPERIENCE

Basic format includes:

• Name of the Organization
• Position Title
• Location (city/state)
• Dates Employed (month/year)
• Descriptive Statements.
Explain your tasks by starting your sentence with the strongest action word and providing details. A strong resume demonstrates responsibilities and accomplishments with measurable data. Avoid short statements such as “customer service”, “data entry”, and “payment transactions”. Incorporate these phrases and industry specific buzz words into whole sentences.
EXPERIENCE
Categorizing Work Experience:

• Employers label students based on the first job listed on the resume

In order to modify the chronological rule and highlight your most relevant experiences, you can create specific headings such as “Management Experience”, “Teaching Experience”, or “Clinical Experience” based on your field. Non-related positions can be grouped under “Additional Experience” or “Other Professional Experience.”
EXPERIENCE
Coursework/Academic Projects

If you do not have any applicable experience, you may include a section for pertinent course projects. This section consists of the course name, semester, and description of the project in the same format you used for experience.

COMMUNITY SERVICE
Community service looks good on the resume. You may consider it a career related experience and include details if it is relevant to the target job.
List experiences in reverse chronological order
ADDITIONAL SECTIONS

Employers appreciate well-rounded students with extracurricular activities, campus involvement, and academic affiliations. Include clubs, fraternities, sororities, and professional associations (especially helpful if you have a leadership role in the group).

You may list your academic honors under the education section. However, if you have several recognitions related to academic, athletic, community and/or campus involvement you can make a separate section. Include the award, date, and a brief description (if applicable).
Honors/Awards:
Organizations/Activities/Professional Affiliations/Athletics:
Place most relevant information first
Create specific headings
Content
After reading the job description & the website identify at least 3 qualifications that are most relevant to the position, such as:

Experience with a specific population
Experience with a specific task
Knowledge of a particular subject
Technical skills
Language skills

Come up with tasks and responsibilities where you gained & demonstrated these competencies.

Keep format consistent
Avoid big paragraphs
Do not exceed 8 lines.
CONTENT
Your contact information
Date you submit the letter
Employer's contact information
Salutation
Formal closing
Signature
Full name
Left
justification
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