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Resumes & Cover Letters

RESUMES

An employer takes anywhere from 6 to 30 seconds to review your resume, so you need to make sure your resume is easy to scan and highlights your skills and accomplishments that are relevant to the position.  Every resume you send to an employer needs to be customized for the position you are applying to.  Below is information that will help ensure your resume makes a great first impression to receive an interview. 

Formatting

  • Use easy to read fonts like Arial, Calibri, Garamond and Times New Roman
  • Your font size should be anywhere from 10pt – 12pt depending on the specific font utilized
  • Margins should be between .5-1” all the way around
  • Your resume should be 1 page, unless you have over 10 years of experience then you can utilize 2 pages maximum

Content

  • Utilize bullet point statements
  • Always start your bullet point statements with action verbs such as analyze, facilitate and manage.  Do not utilize “I” statements anywhere on your resume
  • Create bullet point statements that highlights your transferrable skills and experiences to the position you are applying to.  Customization is key when creating your resume for a particular position
  • Add details to your bullet point statements including numbers, programs, populations, etc. so the employer has a clear picture of your past experience

Watch videos about creating your resume from Beyond B-School on the following topics.  To access Beyond B-School log into your single sign on and then log into CareerLINK:

  • Ten Resume Tips to Spotlight Your Value
  • Building Strong Accomplishment Statements
  • How to Showcase Your MBA in Your Resume
  • And more! 

Graduate Business Resume Book

Showcase your resume to employers that are hiring for graduate business internships and jobs.  Students in the resume book have their resumes shared with dozens of employers and are eligible for interviews and career opportunities. For more information, review the Resume Book Instructions and Guidelines

Resources

Action Verbs
Sample Graduate Business Resume 
Creating a Professional Summary

COVER LETTERS

Cover letters are your introduction to the employer and allows you to go more in depth than your resume on specific skill sets and experiences you want the employer to know about.  The cover letter must be customized to the position you are applying to and showcase that you have done your research about the company.  The job description will provide insight on what you should be highlighting in your cover letter. 

Structure

Introduction

  • Why are you writing?
  • What are your qualifications for the position?
  • Why are you interested in the position or organization? This is a great opportunity to showcase you have done your research about company.

Middle (1-3 paragraphs)

  • Highlight a skill or experience that is highlighted in the job description.
  • Give an example of the skill or experience from your previous work, academic or volunteer experience.
  • Connect how the skill or experience will help the employer.  Be sure to refer back to the job description to create a connection.

Closing

  • Thank the organization for their time and consideration
  • Request a further action indicating you would like to meet with the organization to further discuss your skills and experiences. 
  • Provide your contact information such as phone and email

Tips

  • Your cover letter should be no more than 1 page
  • Utilize the header from your resume (i.e. name, address, email) for the cover letter to create consistency amongst the documents.  As well, utilize the same font style as your resume. 
  • Do not utilize “To Whom It May Concern.”  Do your research to try to find an employer contact.  If you are not able to locate a contact, utilize “Dear Hiring Manager” or “Dear Human Resources.”
  • Pay attention to spelling and grammar and do not start every sentence with “I.”
  • Read your cover letter out loud before submitting it. 

Watch videos about creating your cover letter from Beyond B-School on the following topics.  To access Beyond B-School log into your single sign on and then log into CareerLINK:

  • Demystifying the cover letter