Resume & Cover Letter Writing LuAnn Schwery, Assistant Dean Creighton University Graduate School 1 Resumes No right or wrong format Look professional & easy to read Well written – relevant content May be tailored and updated for each position Most students have a reverse chronological resume Most common categories: Objective Education Experience Additional Experience Honors Activities Skills 3 Information 4 Name – Larger and in bold Address City, State, Zip Phone Email Basic Information – Two Styles William A. Smith 12835 West Center Road Omaha, Nebraska 68143 (402) 343-3274 [email protected] William A. Smith 12835 West Center Omaha, Nebraska 68143 (402)343-3274 [email protected] Objective Gives resume purpose and direction Should be short and concise Examples: – – – – To obtain a position as a Resident Advisor To obtain a summer Nexus internship To obtain admission into medical school To obtain a position in accounting Education University, City & State Degree Major: GPA: Graduation Date Minor/Emphasis: Bachelor of Arts May 2013 GPA: 3.5 Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska Major: English Minors: Business & Spanish Millard North High School, Omaha, Nebraska Diploma June 2009 8 Education Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska Major: Marketing Minor: Spanish May 2012 GPA: 3.5 Trinity University, Dublin, Ireland Spring 2011 __________________________________________________________________________ Bachelor of Arts – English Specialization: American Literature Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska 9 May 2013 GPA: 3.8 Objective: To obtain a Resident Advisor position Education: Bachelor of Arts – English May 2014 Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska 10 Experience Experience can be . . . . . . . – Paid or not paid – Employment related to your field – Summer jobs – Internships – Leadership positions – On campus employment – Part-time jobs **Put the most emphasis on this information 11 Experience Format – Reverse chronological order Most recently obtained at the top – Where you worked, city & state – Title – Dates – Descriptions 12 Descriptions Don’t use a template Use bullets or dashes Start each sentence with an action verb No periods Spell out states & dates Utilize a variety of action verbs to describe experiences Use terms related to your field List responsibilities from most important to least important Past tense vs. present tense Use professional language – Managed, supervised and evaluated 18 employees Experience Delta Zeta Sorority, Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska New Member Educator January 2011 – Present - Educate and orient new members to the organization - Plan and facilitate workshops and educational programs - Mentor members and address issues and concerns 14 Experience vs. Additional Experience 15 Additional Experience Old Navy, Omaha, Nebraska Sales Associate March 2011 – Present - Assist customers with purchases and provide quality customer service Or Up Stream Brewery, Omaha, Nebraska Hostess June – September 2010 16 Activities 17 Delta Zeta Sorority Biology Club Secretary CU STAR Tour Guide for Undergraduate Admissions Service Trip Coordinator Honors & Activities Creighton Student Employee of the Year – 2012 Alpha Sigma Nu (Jesuit Honor Society) International Relations Club Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity – Rush Chair – New Member Educator 18 2010-2011 2009-2010 Skills Computer Skills: Windows XP, Microsoft Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Webpage design in HTML, Dream Weaver and social media 19 Additional Categories (if needed) 20 Research or Research Experience Service Publications Conferences & Workshops Presentations Additional Training Teaching Experience Licensure/Certifications References References: Should be included with resume References listed on a separate page Include 3-5 professional references “References Available Upon Request” – optional on resume References (continued) Information to include: Your name & contact information at the top of reference page Reference’s name Title Where employed Business address City, state, & zip code Business phone number Email address Relationship (optional) Cover Letters Cover Letters Your introduction to the employer Must be sent with every resume “Please submit resume . . . . (and cover letter)” Summary of your experience, skills, and abilities – show a match More descriptive than your resume Three paragraph format Cover Letter Salutation Date Ms. Andrea Smith Human Resource Manager First National Bank 1620 Dodge Street Omaha, Nebraska 68116 Dear Ms. Smith: (Name) (Title) (Company name) (Address) (City, State, Zip) Cover Letters 1st Paragraph – Why you’re writing Applying for a particular job/position Inquiring about possible job/position Relocating to the area and job searching Cover Letters 2nd Paragraph – Experience that is related to the position – What you have to offer the employer – Show a match between your experience and the job description Cover Letters 3rd Paragraph – – – – Wrap up and thank you Reiterate your interest in the position Express interest in an interview Contact information: phone number & email address Resumes & Cover Letters Questions?