Résumés and Cover Letters
Your résumé is a document that captures who you are, your experiences, your skills, and your education. It is your brand, and you will use it to market yourself for internships, jobs, scholarships, and professional memberships to name just a few. Your résumé is always a work in progress. As you add new education, experiences, and skills to your résumé, you will also remove items that are no longer relevant. As your marketing tool, it is not a record of everything you’ve ever done, but is a customized document that tells the reader why you are a perfect fit for the opportunity. The best résumés, and the ones that get an interview, are never generic.
Once you have created your résumé, drop in to the Internships and Career Services office so that we can review your résumé. Once your résumé is final, upload it to Handshake, complete your Handshake profile, and make your profile viewable by employers.
What does a college résumé look like? Not sure what information to include on your résumé or how to structure your experience? Check out the Voiland College Resources page.
Professional Inventory – To help you focus on what’s most relevant to the position, we recommend making a professional inventory before creating your résumé.
Developing Your Résumé – Don’t use a template to develop your résumé. Templates usually place your information in an odd order and can be difficult to revise when you have new experiences to add. Instead, we encourage you to create your own document that gives you the freedom for adjustment as needed.
Writing Targeted Bullet Points
Adding targeted bullet points to describe your experiences will help the reader focus on your accomplishments. The trick is to write strong bullet points that are descriptive, use keywords, and quantify the work, yet are brief. Think about “who, what, when, where, and why/how” and use the formula below:
Basic: Assisted with inventory
Great: Assisted with weekly and monthly inventory of 500+ medical supplies
Basic: Worked to revise website
Great: Reduced site load time by 5 seconds, increasing page traffic by 25 percent
All bullet points should begin with an action verb that identifies the taks (e.g. managed, supervised, assembled).