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Resume & Cover Letter
Transcript of Resume & Cover Letter
RESUME & COVER LETTER
Functions of a Resume
1st Steps in Building a Resume
Traditional Resume Format
Tailoring Your Resume
GOAL = GET THE INTERVIEW
123 S. Johnson Street #4
Iowa City, IA 52240
Herky D. Hawkeye
Education May 2013
B.A. Leisure Studies - Recreation and Sports Business Track
What else will you do
to fill up this space?
Experience = Skills
More Experience = More Skills = More Marketable!
What Employers Want
"I don't even have any good skills...you know, like nunchuck skills, computer hacking skills...girls only want boyfriends who have great skill."
- Napoleon Dynamite
> Phone Number - professional msg
> E-mail - uiowa.edu
123 Iowa Ave
Iowa City, IA 52242
To obtain a summer 2013 internship
with Camp Courageous of Iowa
that utilizes my skills in planning
To obtain a paid internship
where I can gain experience
and network with professionals
The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA May 2013
Bachelor of Science, Leisure Studies
Track: Recreation and Sports Business
B.S., Leisure Studies (Recreation and Sports Business track) Dec. 2014
The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
A.A., Liberal Studies May 2012
Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, IA
The heart of the
You can have multiple
All experiences involve some type of
All experiences involve some type of
*Tip: Place most recent experience on top
Provided quality customer service
Kept daily inventory of
over 1,000 classification of
Provided quality customer
service by addressing questions
and acting quickly to
Learned about the advertising
industry and met with
professionals through attending
TAILOR YOUR RESUME
WHAT NOT TO DO
> References available upon request
> High School Information*
*unless 1st-year student
> Lines, italics, tabs, parentheses
> Bolded words
> Automatic bullets
Does your resume "travel" well?
> Submit as PDF
Bringing it all together
> One page, 10 pt font, 0.5 margins
> PERFECT in spelling & grammar
> Consistent layout & format
> Dates on RIGHT side
> Use power verbs
> Print paper copies on resume paper
> Visit the Career Center for a review!
> Provide written voice to your application materials
> Express your enthusiasm & interest
> Expand upon the experiences & skills listed in your resume
> Entice the employer to read your resume and get the interview!
NUTS & BOLTS
> One page
> Use standard business letter (block) format
> Print on resume paper
> Proofread, proofread, proofread
> Primarily for internships
> Be specific - include time frame and position
> Indicate what (skills) you can offer, NOT what they can offer you
Who needs 'em?
> Name & Location of institution
> Degree(s) obtained
> Graduation Month & Year
> Cum GPA or Major GPA
(if above a 3.0)
(Only list institution(s) where you received a degree)
Optional Education Highlights
Educational Honors (pg. 19)
Study Abroad (pg. 20)
Course Highlights (pg. 19)
Class Project (pg. 18)
List name, location & emphasis of study
Skill + What You Did + Results/Outcome
(verb) (or who/when) (how or why)
3-6 related course titles
Related to area of potential employment
Other "Educational" Headings
> Name & contact information
*use same header that's on your resume
> Recipient's Information
*Name, title, company & address
* If unable to locate specific contact person:
Dear Members of the Search Committee
Dear Human Resources Director
> WHY are you writing?
> HOW did you learn of the position?
> Why are you interested?
> Match desired skills and experiences listed in the job/position description
*Use key words
> Expand upon your resume
* What skills did you gain?
* What knowledge did you learn?
* How does this relate to what the position is calling for?
> Be confident!
> Summarize your qualifications
> Express interest in an interview/meeting
> Thank the employer for their time & attention
> Did you emphasize your
related experiences & skills?
> Have you sold yourself on paper?
> If roles were reversed, would you consider your resume to be a strong applicant
Peer Advisor Resume Review:
> Mon - Fri, 9am - 4pm
> Pomerantz Center, 3rd Floor