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Resumes & Cover Letters

Resumes and cover letters are important documents for your job search. These documents work together to help you secure an interview.

Resume

Your resume lists experiences and/or areas in which you have developed skills. Create your resume and cover letter with resources in the CRC library. You can also use the Resume Builder feature in Gator CareerLink. However you create your documents, be sure to stop by the CRC to have our Career Planning staff critique them.

The Basics

A resume is a professional summary of you. It allows employers to get an understanding of your experiences, skills, abilities and successes. The purpose of a resume is to help you secure an interview.

You need to make it easy for the employer to see that you are the top candidate. In starting to write a resume, start by reviewing a job description that you want to apply for or one that falls within your career field. This allows you to describe your experiences in terms of the employer's ideal candidate.

Employers only take 10-30 seconds to review your resume. The easier you make it for the employer to review, the easier it is you to receive an interview opportunity.

Writing Your Resume

Start your resume by looking at examples. Examples will give you plenty of ideas for content and formatting ideas. Choose a style and format that you think best showcases your experiences in a professional light.

Then, make your best effort to summarize your experiences in a way that shows your specific responsibilities and the level of your impact in each.

In writing your resume, you will hear many preferences on how to write and format this document. Take in all the information and feedback. You need to decide on the information that is most helpful and best presents your information.

Be sure there are no grammatical or spelling errors. Nothing says "unprofessional" or "I don't pay attention to detail" like having an error on your resume.

Review & Revise

Once you have a solid draft, stop by the CRC for a drop-in Career Planning appointment. Be sure to get your resume critiqued at least three by different people. In addition to using our services, it is always a good idea have someone in your field look at it for field-specific content.

In addition to visiting the CRC, it is always a good have someone in your field look at it for the more field-specific content.

Cover Letters

Cover letters introduce yourself and explain your interest in an open position, and are sent to employers along with your resume. They give you an opportunity to offer employers insight to your personality through your writing style and communication skills.

If you are applying for multiple positions, each cover letter should be written specifically for each individual organization.

Also, if your sending in your resume through email, be sure to use the body of the email as your cover letter and attach your resume to the email.

Get Your Documents Critiqued

We can help! Review our Career Planning options to get your resume and cover letter critiqued. A second opinion is always helpful.

Resume Examples

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