Resume and Cover Letter Writing

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What is the resume?

Your sales tool 1st example of your communication skills Your ticket to the interview

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Resume Tips

Scanned in 10 seconds – make sure important information stands out Create section by section so it’s not overwhelming Write long on first draft – edit later Focus on accomplishments, not routine duties Proofread – then have someone else proofread
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Common Resume Sections

Heading Objective Education Experience Computer Skills/Language Skills Honors & Activities
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Optional Resume Sections

Certifications Highlights of Qualifications Volunteer Experience Military Experience Others ?
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Heading

Name in bold – usually centered Name 2 fonts larger than rest of document Address – school & permanent Phone number E-mail
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Heading Sample
Joe Miner
657 State St. Rolla, MO 65559 573-555-6258 miner@umr.edu

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Objective

Clear – do not get to wordy State position seeking General for COC InterviewTRAK

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Objective Sample
Objective To obtain a co-op or internship in the mechanical engineering field

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Education

Reverse chronological order – UMR first Provide: Degree Minor Emphasis Expected graduation month and year GPA – cumulative and major Can include courses and projects
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Education Sample
Education University of Missouri – Rolla B.S. Mechanical Engineering Minor: Mathematics May 2007 GPA: 4.0

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Experience

Reverse chronological order Paid and unpaid Job title – bold Dates and locations of employment Job descriptions Action Verbs
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Experience Sample
Experience Wal-Mart Sales Associate • Provided customer service • Budgeted cash register each evening Jan – Aug 2006 Rolla, MO

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Computer Skills

Format that can be scanned quickly Courses you have had or currently taking Can categorize in sections if needed:
  

Applications Languages Operating Systems

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Computer Skills Sample
Computer Skills MS Office Fortran AutoCAD Visio Matlab Quattro Pro HTML Windows 95

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Honors & Activities

Titles of Scholoarships University, community, high-school activities Leadership roles – bold No dates or amounts
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Honors & Activities Sample
Honors & Activities Eagle Scout Missouri Miner Scholarship Deans List - UMR Alpha Phi Alpha – President

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Bolded Items Recap
Name  Degree  Minor  Emphasis  Job Titles  Leadership Roles

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Resume Design

Font style – easy to read Font size (10.5 – 12) Margins size (.5 – 1”) Undergraduates – one page

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Cover Letter

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Cover Letter

Introduction to you and your resume Emphasize why you are the candidate for the position Explain situations that are unique on your resume Thank them for their time and consideration Samples – website and career guide
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Reference Page

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Reference Page

Always ask 3 people minimum Variety of references Keep them informed Use resume heading
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Reference Page Example
Joe Miner
657 State St. Rolla, MO 65559 References Name Title Address Phone E-mail
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573-555-6258 miner@umr.edu

Resume and Cover Letter Writing
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