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The Art & Science of
Transcript of The Art & Science of
Great Resumes & Cover Letters
Ashleigh Brock '05, Assistant Director
Office of Alumni & Career Services
Use of space
What is a resume?
What are its uses?
Goals for today:
1. Identify 6 steps for writing great resumes
2. Discuss the 3 phases of cover letter writing
3. Answer your questions!
6 Steps to a Great Resume
Know your audience.
Think holistically about your experiences.
Inside the Box
Outside the Box
Brainstorm about content.
D A R K
: Title, company/organization, city, state, dates
: Tasks completed, general responsibilities (think in
: What did you achieve (qualify and quantify)?
: What did you learn from the experience?
Write succinct, visual, summaries
of your experiences (bullet points)
Responsible for several fundraising events.
Organize and manage two annual charity walks for cancer research, raising more than $4500 per year
Strong, tense appropriate action verbs
Format with a purpose.
Think in sections.
2-4 strong bullets
1-2 strong bullets
Consistency in style, design elements
Good use of white space
Sensible font choice and size
Q: In what format should you showcase your GPA on your resume?
A: Cumulative, two decimal places, no rounding,
What is a cover letter?
When do you need one?
Where do you start?
Phase 1: Pre-Writing
What are the keywords/phrases?
What kind of applicant are they seeking?
What requirements are musts vs preferred?
Phase 2: Writing the draft
business letter format
1 page, single spaced
margins, fonts mirror resume choices
Your contact info
Employer contact info
name of the position applied for
how you learned about the opportunity
you are excited about the opportunity!
** Think THESIS STATEMENT
Paragraph 2 and 3
Connect your skills and background to the position
focus on 2-3 specific examples
show you've done your research
You vs I
restate your thesis and enthusiasm
how to contact you
Phase 3: Edit and Share
Business Communication Fall 2014