Resumes, cover letters and references
Resumes, cover letters and references are designed to demonstrate how you, your experiences, strengths and skills fit the needs of a particular opportunity. Explore the information below to learn best practices when tackling these documents.
General resume information
Many times, your resume is the first impression an employer has of you. For this reason, it is important that you write this document in a clear, concise, and informative manner that accurately portrays your education, work history and involvements.
5 tips and additional info as you begin working on your resume
- Begin with a blank document
- One page is typically appropriate for undergraduates, two pages are acceptable for graduate students
- Use font size 10-12 for text
- Be sure your format is consistent and easy to read – avoid using too many elements (bold, underline, italics, capitalization)
- Use bullet points for descriptions and utilize action verbs to begin each bullet point
With the exception of career fairs, every time you submit a resume you should include a tailored cover letter. This documents allows you to explain your qualifications for the position and demonstrate how you have unique abilities that will add value to the organization. The cover letter will also provide the employer with a sample of your writing.
Most employers and job applications will ask for 3-5 references.
Three reference guidelines:
- Always ask your references if it is ok to list them on your documents before giving their information to an employer.
- Inquire about which addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers your referencew want you to list.
- Send your resume, cover letter, and job description to your references so that when a potential employers contacts them, it will be easier for the references to speak about you.