CMAT 308 -Dr. Egan's
Winter Term Class-Cover Letters and
- Write your resume to the job-show them you have the
qualifications for the job
- For most recent college grads keep your resume to one page
- Use one inch margins on the sides, top and bottom. Do NOT deviate from
- Use a light colored resume paper
- Use 12 font throughout your resume unless space becomes an issue.
Consult a Career Advisor if you are close to one page and do not want to
remove any of your entries
- Always use a 12 font and bold for your “Functional
Titles”-Example-Education, Related Experience, Honors, etc.
- Make your name stands out by being a larger font than anything else on
your resume-typically a 14-16 font.
- Always use action verbs to begin your entries and keywords to identify
- Make sure you select one type of resume-either a Chronological, Skills
or Combination (use a skills summary at the beginning)
- If you use an objective statement make sure it is short and very
- Typically in the Experience section you will lead with your job title
- Be specific and list accomplishments-“Increased productivity by
- All dates are right justified/Single space the body of the resume
- Do not make any spelling errors
- Do not use too many indentations
- Do not write a “long-winded” objective
- Do not use an under-utilized font - common fonts are include Arial, Book
Antiqua, Century Schoolbook, Garamond, Tahoma, Times New Roman and Verdana
- Never exceed 2 pages unless it is a federal resume
- Do not list classes or class descriptions unless they are relevant to your
- Never use “I”, “me” or “my” and never write in sentence form
- Do not list references on your resume-do that on a reference page
Section by Section:
1. CONTACT INFORMATION:
-Name-14 font-address, city state zip, email phone-12 font
-Current and permanent addresses can be used
-Can use one line format to cut down space
here for example.
Write your objective to the job and make it short and specific.
Is this a good or bad objective?
“While I am open to any uses of my educational
achievements, I am decidedly disposed that the task of the
new responsibility be so oriented as to at least partially
configure so as to ultimately lead to the application of
more rarefied facets of financial management as the major
sphere of responsibility.”
The Director, Career Center directs the administration
of career placement/development programs and works in
conjunction with academic departments to establish and
enhance student internships and cooperative education
programs. Responsibilities include managing the
administrative policies, developing employer site and
student marketing, being the primary liaison with employers,
academic department heads, faculty site supervisors,
students and administration, being knowledgeable of related
legal issues and monitoring the University's compliance;
managing department personnel by staffing, supervising,
training and reviewing performance; directing on and
off-campus recruiting programs including staff training and
marketing to students and employers; maintaining primary
responsibility for the University's career and internship
fairs, including consortium relations; performing career
counseling and job placement advising; representing the
University at professional conferences; making
career-related presentations to University and community
organizations; participating in University committees as
assigned and appropriate; overseeing the administration of
the Student Employment Program; serving as co-chair and
maintaining the Employer Advisory Board and related
projects; preparing University wide and departmental summary
reports and outcomes assessment; ensuring the availability
of appropriate technical and library resources and
assessment tools; and related duties as assigned. This
position may require evening and weekend responsibilities.
Master's degree in Student Personnel
Services, Student Affairs, Counseling, Business
Administration, Human Resources, or a related field
required; minimum of 5 years of work experience as a manager
or director in recruitment and/or placement, preferably in a
higher education environment; must be customer service
oriented; possess strong verbal and written communication
skills; must have the ability to enhance the use of
technology in meeting department and student needs; and must
present evidence of successful leadership in career services
or a related field.
GOOD OR BAD??
Objective: To obtain the Director of the Career Center
at Robert Morris University to utilize my 10 plus years of
experience in Career Services and to continue to be on the
cutting edge of career technology
for examples of Objectives.
-List your most recent degree first.
List your degree, major, gpa (if over 3.0 both overall and
in major), date and university, city and state.
-You can also list your school-Fulton, Perdue, Henson,
Seidel if you choose too.
-Any certifications can be listed.
-Finally you can list Relevant Courses in this section or
create a separate functional section for them.
for Education Examples.
-List Relevant Coursework only if it directly
relates to the job. If you have other entries that are
more important, use them. Those other entries could be
internships, volunteer work, related experience, awards,
activities, etc. Also you could list this
section within the Education section. If you choose to use
this section you can do it in 2 ways.
1. Simply list the classes in a column format
2. List to or three courses and describe them. Make
the title of the course stand out and use action verbs in
here for Relevant Coursework examples.
5. STUDY ABROAD EXPERIENCE/LANGUAGES:_________________
-List any study abroad experience in a section by itself or
within the Education Section. Same with Foreign
here for Study Abroad-Languages Examples.
6. EXPERIENCE SECTION OF YOUR
-Related Experience-Should be title first and title stands
out-use action verbs. Do a bulleted list or a
-Work Experience-Same as above
-Volunteer Experience-Same as above
here for Experience Examples.
-Use this section to highlight any
other areas that may be important to the job. Titles
to this section could be:
here for Honors-Activities-Volunteer Examples.
I will show you each of the resumes below.
Determine if they are good or bad and why. Select a
spokesperson who will record why or why not each resume is
good or bad. All members of the group will
Use these formats for YOUR resume- Click
-One page only
-12 font typical
-No less than 10 font
-Address to individual if possible
-Be excited and unique
-Speak to the requirements of the job
-Tell employer how you can meet their needs
-First paragraph tell where you found the job and what
makes you a good fit for it.
"I am responding to your advertisement on
Monster.com for the Events Coordinator-Federal Events Division position
posted on December 1, 2009. My educational experience and eagerness to
succeed provides the foundation necessary to be successful with National
Conference Services, Inc. I strongly believe that I meet the
qualifications for the position and would like to submit my name for
consideration as a candidate."
-Second and Third paragraphs are your "core" paragraphs.
You must tell them what about yourself is going to make them want to
hire you. These paragraphs will come from your resume but do NOT
REPEAT what you have said on your resume.
"In addition to the support skills that I have
obtained through work experience, I have also gained extensive
organizational and leadership skills as the President of Lambda Pi Eta,
an honorary society for Communications students. During my tenure I led
this organization to more than double in size, increase community
involvement, develop service learning projects and plan successful
fundraising events. Furthermore, being selected by the Admissions Office
to be a University Host gave me the chance to work with prospective
students and their families one-on-one. These experiences taught me that
there are a multitude of ways to approach issues and that everyone's
opinions are important."
-Fourth Paragraph-Summary. Tell them once again how
interested you are and how much you look forward to meeting them.
If you are so bold, tell them you will call for an interview.
"In conclusion, I would like to again express my
sincere wish to return to Salisbury University. The opportunity to apply
my experience and energies with the Office of New Student Experience is
exciting to say the least. I welcome the chance to meet with you in the
near future to further discuss my qualifications. Please contact me at
your convenience at the number or email listed above. Thank you for your
time and consideration."
-Do not go over one page
-Do not forget to sign
-Don't repeat your resume
-Don't address "To Whom it May Concern"
-No spelling or grammatical errors
-Do not use the same cover letter for each job
here for a
Template. This is a block format.
for another cover letter template that is acceptable. This one is
called a resume banner cover letter. Use either template for your
here for sample cover letters by major.
for Cover Letter PP.
Tell me which of the following
are good or bad cover letters.
here for the
cover letter even written!
here for this website that provides you with a wealth of information
about cover letters. We will go over some of these.
here to see what you do with salary requests.
here for an example of
a good cover letter.