Resume/Letter Writing

RESUMES 

Developing the right resume is a major step in achieving your career goals. Here are some sample resumes which can help you get started. The University Career Center provides assistance in helping you write and review your resume. Contact Jim Brown, Director of the Career Center, at 731-989-6449, jbrown@fhu.edu, or visit the Career Center, located in the Burks Student Center.

Career Center - Cover Letters, Resumes, and References

SAMPLE RESUME 1

SAMPLE RESUME 2

SAMPLE RESUME 3

SAMPLE RESUME 4

 

 

RESUME PREPARATION

 DO    DON'T 
Keep it simple   Be creative or use multiple fonts or formatting
Make it letter perfect          Send with misspellings or incorrect grammar
Print with 10-12 font size     Use too small, large or scripted fonts
Limit to one page, unless you have extensive experience and education   Fill up pages with irrelevant experience

Use specific key words/action verbs   Be generic
Include email address   Use graphics and shading

  

 

 

COVER LETTERS

Many positions, both internships and full-time, will require that a cover letter accompany your resume. Writing a professional cover letter can be very important in being selected for an interview. The following information will help you develop the right cover letter.


Steps to Writing a Cover Letter

1) Write a targeted cover letter for each employer.

2) State why you are writing.

3) Indicate where you learned of the position and the title of the position you are applying for.

4) Explain the reasons for your interest in the organization.

5) Express your enthusiasm for the job.

6) Identify your most relevant skills and experiences.

7) Refer to the qualifications for the position and illustrate how your abilities relate.

8) Communicate your interest, motivation, and strengths.

9) Emphasize your achievements.

10) Indicate how you will follow-up, typically with a phone call.


Tips

1) Avoid cliches and meaningless or wordy expressions.

2) Your cover letter should compliment, not duplicate your resume.

3) Your cover letter is often the first contact with an employer so make sure it creates a good impression.

4) Take time to target your cover letter to the job you are applying for.

 

 COVER LETTER EXAMPLE 1

 COVER LETTER EXAMPLE 2

 COVER LETTER EXAMPLE 3

 COVER LETTER EXAMPLE 4
 

Remember, when writing your cover letter, the design should be as:

First paragraph - Introduction and what position you are applying for.

Second paragraph - How your academic coursework has prepared you for this job.

Third paragraph - How your previous work history has prepared you for this job.

Concluding paragraph - Conclusion, thank you, and how they can follow-up to schedule an interview.

 

 

REFERENCES

Resume references can make or break your career search. It is very important that you provide detailed and complete information on the references you provide. It is standard not to provide references on your resume, but to create a separate sheet that lists your references. Typically 3-5 references will be required. It is very important that you ask permission to use someone as a reference and you should also verify what that reference will say about you. Here is a suggested format for how reference information should be listed:

1) Name

2) Position/Title

3) Company

4) Company address

5) Phone

6) Cell Phone

7) Email