Resumes and Letters
Building the "perfect resume" is vital to your success in attaining interviews with employers. Typos, grammatical errors or poorly worded descriptions can cost you the interviews you want and need.
In addition to your resume we recommend that you have a Candidate Business Card prepared for those situations when an employer will not accept a hard copy resume...Candidate Business Card Template.
- Resume Basics
- Action Words
- Cover Letters
- Curriculum Vitae
- Resume Length: For internships or entry-level positions your resume should fit on a single page. This resume should be a summary of your experience, qualifications and skills.
- Fonts: The font-type used should be Times New Roman or Arial with the font-size between 10-12
- Formatting: Avoid using tables to create your resume...use tabs instead to separate information
- Margins: Margins should be between .5" and 1.5"
- Paper: The paper used should be 8 1/2" X 11", white or off-white, 24 pound paper
- Printing: Resumes should be printed out individually and not photocopied from an original to ensure quality and legibility
- Proofreading: Grammatical or spelling mistakes on resumes can be embarrassing and cost you interviews, particularly if the item misspelled is something critical so proofread your resume carefully.
- Please see our events calendar for upcoming Resume Workshops
The templates below are meant to be example upon which you can create your own personalized resume. Once you have completed your draft you should visit the Career Center to meet with a Counselor during walk-ins or by appointment to have your resume reviewed.
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An online tool embedded within RaiderNet and available to all registered users to help in the creation of resumes.
Should be utilized to better convey your skills, experience and responsibilities and make Recruiters take notice.
Are examples that you can use in your resume to describe your experience and responsibilities
Action Words by Skills Category:
- Communication/People Skills
- Creative Skills
- Data/Financial Skills
- Helping Skills
- Management/Leadership Skills
- Organizational Skills
- Research Skills
- Teaching Skills
- Technical Skills
- Credited with having accomplished...
- Commended for...
- Served as a ___ for ___ years before being promoted to...
- Acquired knowledge of...
- Organized and implemented new ___ system which increased efficiency in...
- Trained and supervised...
- Work required accuracy under pressure...
- In charge of...
- Effective/successful in...(preventing or minimizing employee theft)
- Developed ability to (handle many tasks simultaneously)
- Coordinate creative marketing displays...
- Assist (manager in...) etc.
- Assigned overtime hours due to reputation for being a hard worker
- Train new employees and organize work schedules...
- Gained basic knowledge of (office) (restaurant) operations...
- Recognized as...(top salesperson)
- Organized and maintained...(record system)
- Deal with...(booking agents, club owners, high level executives etc...)
- Assist customers, sell ___ equipment, operate cash register
- Motivate and supervise employees in...
- Recognized for effective customer service...
- Implemented various ___ procedures...
- Helping manage...
- Volunteered at yearly (blood drive)...
- Prepared spreadsheets for...
- Analyzed and balanced...
- Reconciled vender accounts with discrepancies...
- Served as troubleshooter for...
- Counseled school age children...
Cover Letters are an essential piece of the job search process and should be utilized whenever possible in conjunction with a Resume. While the Resume serves to provide the reader with "the Facts" regarding your skills and experience it is the Cover Letter that can convey to the reader your motivation for the position and better illustrate how your skills, knowledge and experience would benefit their organization. Your Cover Letter should be personalized to the individual reader whenever possible as this would have the most impact. You may always visit the Career Development Center to have your cover letter reviewed if you so desire.
Please review the outline below: then refer to this Sample Cover Letter for further assistance.
City, State Zip
Contact Person's Name
Title (if known)
Name of The Organization
City, State Zip Code
Dear Contact Person's Name (or Job Title if name is not known):
OPENING PARAGRAPH: Clearly state why you are writing, name the position or the type of work for which you are applying, and of course, mention how you heard of the opening. (If you are writing without the knowledge that an opening is available, then define that you are interested in "potential" openings that may currently be available.)
MIDDLE PARAGRAPH: Explain why you are interested in employment with this employer, and/or indicate your reasons for desiring this type of work. If you possess applicable experience, be sure to point out your particular achievements or other qualifications in this environment or type of employment.
MIDDLE PARAGRAPH: Refer the reader to your attached resume which must positively illustrate your training, skills and experience. DO NOT DUPLICATE RESUME INFORMATION IN THE COVER LETTER, rather "highlight" and add to the important points as to how you can make a significant contribution to this new employer.
CLOSING PARAGRAPH: Use an appropriate closing in your endeavor to acquire an "interview". If you know the contact person's name and telephone, take a pro-active strategy and suggest that you will call to request an appointment in the very near future. If you do not know the contact person's name, ending your letter with a question often encourages a reply. (ie: May we meet soon to discuss this matter further?)
(sign your name here!)
Type out your full name
Frequently asked Questions
- Q1: Does my resume really have to be kept to one page?
- Q2: Does my resume really have to be 100% perfect before I can send it to employers?
- Q3: Is it okay to use personal pronouns ( I, me, my) within my resume?
- Q4: Do I really have to list my GPA on my resume?
- Q5: Can I use my major GPA instead of my cumulative GPA?
- Q6: Can I use color paper?
- Q7: Can I print my resume out in the Career Center Computing labs (Hill Hall 112, 313)?
- Q8: What is the difference between a resume and a CV?
- Q9: I have been told that I don't need to place an OBJECTIVE on my resume. Is that true?
- Q10: I read in a resume book that I don’t need to put References Available Upon Request at the bottom of my resume. Is that true?
- A1: Does my resume really have to be kept to one page?
- A2: Does my resume really have to be 100% perfect before I can send it to employers?
- A3: Is it okay to use personal pronouns ( I, me, my) within my resume?
- A4: Do I really have to include GPA on my resume?
- A5: Can I use my major GPA instead of my cumulative GPA?
- A6: Can I use color paper?
- A7: Can I print my resume out in the Career Center Computing labs (Hill Hall 112, 313)?
- A8: What is the difference between a resume and a CV?
- A9: I have been told that I don't need to place an OBJECTIVE on my resume. Is that true?
- A10: I heard that I don’t need to put "References Available Upon Request" at the bottom of my resume. Is that true?
Yes. The vast majority of employers that the Career Center speaks to day-in and day-out tell us that a resume should NOT exceed one page. They explain that they see a good part of the challenge as providing a "concise" overview of one's experience and achievements within a one page format. It is a demonstrative way of accessing a candidate's writing and organizing skills.
Yes. There is absolutely NO excuse for any type of error in your resume. Employers feel that you have had plenty of time to work on your resume and, as a result, it should be absolutely perfect. They also see your resume as a "sample" of your work and a resume submitted with errors sends them a red flag about hiring you.
No. There should be no personal pronouns in a professionally prepared resume.
YES, If you are applying to large and/or well known employers, then you should include either your major or your cumulative GPA (preferably your cumulative). If you do not include either GPA, you should definitely be prepared to address questions about your academic performance.
Yes, You may use your major GPA however you need to label it accordingly.
NO, Use only white, off-white, or egg-shell colors when preparing your resume.
Yes, you can use the Career Center's printers to print out your resume. However, you must bring your own resume paper.
A resume is "the" document used by the majority of employers to screen candidates for interviewing. A Curriculum Vitae (CV) is "the" document preferred by employers within Higher Education (academia) for consideration of candidates for teaching and/or research related opportunities.
A significant number of employers have expressed to the Career Center that they expect to see an OBJECTIVE so that they have an idea of what that candidate sees as his or her first (or next) employment goal.
While some employers do not require the "References Available Upon Request" line at the end of the resume, the consensus is that it is best to include it for those employers who expect to see it.
A Curriculum Vitae (CV) is a special type of Resume traditionally used with the academic community. Earned degrees, teaching and research experience, publications, presentations, and related activities are regularly featured in a CV. In short, a CV is an academic version of one’s Resume.
The CV writer should aim to design their CV to comprehensively emphasize their strengths and achievements. Remember that the relevance of the information presented in a CV is more significant than the total number of pages filled. Similar to an effective Resume, "content" is absolutely crucial.
When developing your CV content, consider the following essential elements of an effective Vitae …
- Identification: Name, Address, and Complete Contact Information
- Education: List all Graduate and/or Undergraduate Degrees with the knowledge that accuracy is critical.
- Relevant Experience: Teaching, Research, and related experience such as Graduate Assistantships, Internships, Fellowships, Post-Doctoral Fellowships, and International Experience should be included as long as they are clearly relevant to the reader’s needs.
The templates below are meant to be example upon which you can create your own personalized document.
The Career Development Center encourages you to put together your CV in a draft format and then request an appointment through your RaiderNet account for a critique of the document and its content.