Getting a Job – The Resume

Getting a job not only requires the necessary skills and abilities, but identifying what makes you a good employee. Developing your resume and preparing for the interview help set you apart from other candidates.

Resumes
A resume is a powerful tool in the job search process. It provides an employer with the first impression of you as an individual and provides an opportunity for you to “promote” yourself as a candidate. A resume is a professional document that demonstrates your ability to articulate yourself in a concise manner. Its purpose is to get you an interview-not a job.

What is a resume?
A resume is a formal summary of your education, experiences, and skills. It should be simple, logical, and brief.

Writing a resume
This link provides information on how to go about structuring your resume as well as a basic template

Action Verbs
This list provides action verbs to help you in providing examples of your experience.

Resume Critiques
Have your resume and cover letter critiqued by several people, including experienced proofreaders. Do not be afraid to delete unnecessary words, sentences, and paragraphs. Make the appropriate changes and show the revisions. A good resume is always a work in progress. At least three revisions are usually needed to produce a solid product. The Career Center Staff is an excellent resource for resume reviews.

We Can Help
Schedule an appointment with staff at the Career Center to go over your resume. Bring a hard copy of your resume in final form.

Resume Examples for Specific Majors

Cover Letter A personalized cover letter introducing you to the potential employer, identifying the position you are applying for, and indicating how you learned of the opening, should accompany every resume. This letter should briefly provide one or two examples of your experience relevant to the position. You should convey your interest and enthusiasm for the position.

What to do Next
Once you have prepared your cover letter and your resume, it’s time to think about the next stage: the Interview- click here for Interview Resources .