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Title: Resumes

Resumes Cover Letters
  • Internship Career Services CenterNorth
    Carolina Wesleyan College

Whats the purpose?
  • A cover letters purpose is to get your resume
  • A résumé's purpose is to get you an interview.

What is a resume?
  • Your personal commercial
  • Should present you and your skills in the best
  • First impression!! (and maybe your only one)
  • Should be to the point
  • Should be targeted

How to start
  • Review your personal information and experience.
  • Start with a blank piece of paper, not a
    template, and list each item that has relevance.
  • Go for volume here and focus on details and
    specifics. You will condense this information

Resume Basics
  • One page (unless you are far into your career)
  • Free of mistakes and typos
  • Clean and crisp format with items listed in order
    of relevance
  • Consistency in alignment and emphasis (bold,
    italics, capitals, underline, punctuation, font)
  • Action verbs
  • Bullets
  • Conservative, fine paper
  • Conservative fonts and graphics

  • Chronological
  • Lists employment history in chronological order
    (most recent first)
  • Recommended if you have relevant experience
  • Functional
  • Lists skills rather than specific jobs held, no
  • Not recommended
  • Combination
  • Lists skills in categories as well as employment
  • Recommended if you do not have relevant
    experience but do have many transferable skills
    or if you have had many similar jobs

What makes up a resume?
  • Header
  • Objective (optional)
  • Education
  • Experience
  • Special Skills
  • College/Community/Personal Involvement
  • Interests and Activities
  • ? A resume is a highly personal document so you
    may or may not choose to use all of these
    categories. You may even need to add some unique
    categories of your own.

Other Possible Sections
  • Military Experience
  • Honors and Awards
  • Professional Affiliations
  • Computer/Technical Skills
  • Community Involvement/Service
  • Executive Summary/Profile
  • Languages
  • Activities/Interests

  • Includes contact information
  • Name
  • Address (current permanent)
  • Phone (Is your voicemail appropriate?)
  • Email (something basic like
    not or even preacherdaughter_at_juno.
  • Examples

  • State the position you are seeking.
  • This can be specific to mention a specific job
    title or general, mentioning the the type of
    position you are seeking but not with a company
  • Can be eliminated if the resume is full but MUST
    be in mind when creating the resume.
  • Use wording like To obtain or simply say
    Internship in.

Examples of Objectives
  • An Assistant Programmer position with Computech
  • Specific must change for every company
  • A laboratory position using strong research and
    observation skills.
  • General can be sent to multiple employers
  • An internship in the management field that will
    allow me to utilize and expand on my skills in
    organization and communication.
  • General can be sent to multiple employers
  • A position which will allow me to use my
    education and experience to contribute to your
    companys mission.
  • Poor (much too broad)

  • Most recent degree first
  • Educational institution location
  • Major/minor/concentration
  • Use correct wording!!! (Bachelor of Arts NOT
    Bachelors of Arts)
  • Date degree granted (or anticipated)
  • GPA
  • Can list cumulative and major
  • Do not list if it is not 3.0 or better
  • Study abroad and academic honors

Education (continued)
  • Relevant Coursework
  • Add if you dont have much experience
  • High school information not needed
  • Can include military training if relevant
  • Examples

  • Relevant experience listed in reverse
    chronological order (most recent 1st)
  • Can list paid or non-paid experiences
  • Full or part-time work
  • Volunteer work
  • Internships
  • Include your title, employer name and location
    (city, state), dates, and duties
  • Focus on functions you performed, skills you
    gained, and any accomplishments
  • Use numbers and figures when possible

Experience (continued)
  • Action verbs
  • Bulleted list of most important points
  • Past tense for former positions
  • Quantify whenever possible

Experience (continued)
  • How can these be worded more effectively?
  • Responsible for staff
  • Hired, trained, and supervised a staff of 14
    computer operators
  • Duties included writing and editing
  • Designed, wrote, and edited promotional materials
    including brochures and instruction manuals
  • Examples

Special Skills
  • This is the place to list special skills you have
    that were not mentioned in your employment
  • Languages you speak/write
  • Computer skills
  • Laboratory skills
  • Other special skills and/or licenses
  • You may decide to divide these categories into
    their own sections

  • List involvement you have had outside of the
    workplace that is relevant to your field. This
    can include college and/or community
  • Name of organization
  • Role you played (offices held, accomplishments,
  • Dates of involvement
  • Description of organization (if its not clear)

What not to include
  • Personal information
  • References
  • False or embellished information

  • Prepare your resume in a word processing program
    without using a template or wizard. These tools
    may appear convenient but they are difficult to
    work with when you need to tailor your resume to
    your needs.
  • Review your resume to determine whether the
    format is clear and consistent.
  • Proofread and ask others familiar with your field
    to look over it. The ICSC offers this service!

Preparation (continued)
  • Make any final changes based on feedback from
    others to ensure your resume is error free.
    Errors on your resume will give the impression to
    employers that you make errors in all of your
  • Keep your resume up to date and make adjustments
    as needed when applying for varying positions.
  • Save an electronic file of all versions you

Final Touches
  • Print your resume on fine paper (24lb. cotton
    bond paper) in a neutral color (pure white,
    cream, ecru, beige, grey). Be sure to use a good
    printer to avoid smears.
  • Use same paper for cover letter.
  • Include abbreviated heading on all pages of
    resume (or add a footer).
  • Add page numbers if more than one page.
  • Never staple or fold use large envelopes

  • Never include these on the resume
  • References available upon request is not
    needed on the resume
  • Place references on separate page with all
    contact information listed
  • List about 4-5 varied individuals who you are
    CERTAIN will provide glowing references
  • Example

ICSC Resume Review
  • Email completed resumes cover letters to or use the Review Center
    option in Optimal Resume.
  • Include a mention of the type of work you are
    hoping to obtain.

Cover Letters
Cover Letter Essentials
  • Professional, personable, and direct
  • MUST be relevant to the position desired
  • Address to a specific person
  • NEVER to whom it may concern
  • Include your contact information
  • Write a unique letter for every position
  • Try to mention skills listed in the job
    announcement and match them to your skills
  • Limit to one page

  • Introduction Paragraph how you found the
    position (any name that referred you)
  • Middle Paragraph highlight your skills and how
    these match the position (can use a chart)
  • Closing Paragraph thank the reader for their
    time and indicate how and when you will follow up
  • Salutation sincerely or other appropriate
    choice followed by your signature and typed name
  • Example