Resumes & Cover Letters

An employer will usually spend no more than six to ten seconds viewing your resume. How will you stand out? 

Resumes are used as an entry point to connect to great internship and employment opportunities. This one-page document may be an employer’s first impression of you and a successful resume will persuasively express the unique skills and experiences that you can immediately contribute to an organization. The best resume is the one you can speak to in an interview. Being comfortable with your resume and understanding each component of it is key to expressing your experience and talent.

Types of Resumes

Most Commonly Used

  • Targeted: Customized resume focused on your specific employment opportunity that is relevant to the job. Most employers gravitate an interest towards a targeted resume that reflects a similarity in the position in which you are applying.  Targeted resumes are widely used especially in today's new economy. 
  • Combination: Combines chronological and functional resumes while focusing on experience and skills

Rarely Used in Today’s Economy

  • Reverse Chronological: List of experiences and job titles are listed reverse chronological order (current to past) 
  • Functional: Experience and skills are normally listed in paragraph form with emphasis on skills 

Tools and Samples

Action Verbs for Resumes and Professional Profiles
Cover Letter Format
​​​​​​​Targeted Resume Example - Justin Poet

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