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  How to prepare resumes and letters

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How to Create a Professional
Resume & Cover Letter

Resume video
The purpose of the resume is to make a positive first impression in order to get the coveted job interview. In addition to the industry specific knowledge and skills employers look for in your resume, you can’t go wrong with emphasizing the attributes all employers need such as leadership, problem solving, and a positive outlook. ¬†Use the Cover letter to point out your motivations and commitment and to expand upon the most related aspects of your background.

Resume and Letter Writing Tips
  • Make it easy to read: Use a plain font in 10- to 12-point type.
  • Focus on information that is relevant to the employer and the job.
  • Keep your resume short: In general, a new grad’s resume should be one side of a single page, but can run longer if your experiences and skills are relevant to the job.
  • Include keywords taken directly from the job description.
  • Quantify your results, if possible.
Courtesy of the National Association of Colleges and Employers

Resume Resources:
Suggested Resume Structure for the New Graduate (1)
Action Verb List (1)
Chronological samples (1) (2)
Functional samples (1) (2)
Targeted samples (1)
For more resume samples and guidance enter the College Central Network
To create a resume use the Resume Builder feature of Career Coach

Letter Writing Resources
Watch: Developing your communication - letters (PDF)

The Guide for Veteran’s



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