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Resume & Cover Letter Tips
Transcript of Resume & Cover Letter Tips
get the job or internship
How do I get
Graduate Schools to notice me?
Steps to a resume
Research the company and position
Mailing address (optional)
1. Contact Information
2. Professional Summary
3. Educational Background
Highlight your degree, not just your major.
Think...Internships, Research, Volunteer experiences, Leadership in campus organizations, Part-time or summer jobs, Class projects etc.
Creative and Innovative
American Red Cross- Fayetteville, Arkansas
Intern January 2014-May 2014
Improved 500 donors’ experiences by creating a walk-in Excel database that decreased wait time by 30%
Enhanced organization’s visibility by partnering with local organizations to gain 50 new quarterly blood donors
what skills did you use?
How was it successful?
Keep it OCC - Organized, Clean, Consistent
Focus on your accomplishments using numbers and percentages
Tailor your resume to the job/internship posting
Steps to a Cover Letter
Outline your qualifications
Group Resume Activity
Get into groups of 2-5
Imagine you're a search committee looking for the best candidates for the Inside Sales Rep position with United Rentals.
Remembering the tips you learned today, look at the enclosed cover letters and resumes and decide as a group the top 3 candidates.
Note: Hiring managers typically look at a resume for 15-30 seconds. You'll have 5 minutes to review all resumes.
Be prepared to talk about your top 3 candidates and why they stood out.
Summarize & request next step
Identify 3 ways to make their resume and cover letter stand out to employers or schools.
Students will able to:
Describe an employer's process for selecting the best candidate.
Keywords from the job description include:
- Creative and innovative
- Problem solvers
- Team players with strong
Committment to customer
Can you find any of these words in Ira's cover letter?
It's time to play...
Can you spot 6 pieces on Ira's resume that should not be included?
Before you leave, please complete our short survey.
U of A CDC
University of Arkansas Career Development Center (CDC)
Individuals who are:
- Creative and innovative
- Problem solvers and quick decision makers
- Team players with strong interpersonal skills
- Committed to building customer loyalty
- Previous sales or customer service experience
- College senior or recent college graduate