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Enhance Resumes and Cover Letters

It's your first impression. Make it a good one.

Resumes

A resume is a summary of your professional and educational experiences. As a concise, easy-to-read, compelling document that outlines your qualifications for a position, recruiters use resumes to determine if they would like a candidate to move forward with an interview.

Recruiters spend an average of eight seconds looking at a resume. This means they only glean a small amount of information from a resume before making a decision to hold onto it or not. One spelling, grammar, or formatting error can lead to a recruiter disregarding your resume. Always double-check your resume and have someone else read it before submitting an application – the Office of Career Management is here to help. Schedule an appointment or stop by our office, Copeland 209, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. for drop-in hours.

To help get you started, see below to download detailed guidelines and templates.

Cover Letters

A cover letter is an opportunity to describe your interest in and qualifications for a position. Cover letters also reveal a bit more about your personality and writing skills to recruiters. The goal of a cover letter is to sell the employer on how your skills and experiences make you the best candidate for the job. Again, spelling, grammar, or formatting error can lead to a recruiter disregarding your cover letter. Always double-check your cover letter and have someone else it read it before submitting an application. 

To help get you started, see below for detailed guidelines and templates.