Resumes and Cover Letters
Resumes are the first impression to an employer. They show employers your education, experience, skills, and volunteer involvement. Here are 5 steps to make a killer resume:
1. Keep it simple!
No need to over-complicate things. Use these simple templates as starting points. Resumes shouldn’t be longer than 1-page. (Unless you’re a nursing student. Use Nursing Template instead).
2. Use a professional email address
For example, don’t use firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Rather use a simple email that is clear and concise like firstname.lastname@example.org (but make sure it’s your real name).
3. Action + Product + Result
When crafting your resume, it’s important to include examples of your accomplishments for each specific role or title you’ve held. This is best done by explaining an action you took on a project and the measurable results you noticed. Use the attached “Resume Action Verbs” worksheet to guide your accomplishment statements and make sure to include specific data/numbers in your results.
4. Add LinkedIn URL on resume
Steps to change your LinkedIn URL:
Click profile picture.
On right hand side, click “Edit your public profile”
Customize your “Public Profile URL” to www.linkedin.com/in/yourname
Add to your resume!
5. Save and export as PDF
Whether you use Word, Pages, or Google Docs, make sure you export files as PDF’s before you upload or email your resume to an employer.
Want to spruce up your resume?
Most jobs will require you to include a cover letter with your resume or application. Check out tips below and click the button to download your cover letter templates. Once you’ve completed the letter, if you want OSV to give you feedback, email your advisor
Cover Letter Tips
- Send one! Even when an employer does not directly ask for one, be sure always to send a cover letter. The only time you do not want to send a letter is when the job listing explicitly says not to send one. Be sure to follow all directions on the job listing.
- Customize each letter. It is important to customize each letter to fit the specific job you for which you are applying.
- Highlight relevant qualifications. In your cover letter, address one or two skills or qualifications you have that match the job description. Provide a specific example of a time you demonstrated each of these qualifications.
- Explain anything. You can use your cover letter to go into detail about something in your resume that needs explaining. For example, a cover letter is a great place to talk about a career shift or to explain an extended gap in employment.
- Read samples and templates. For help writing your cover letter, read samples like the one below, as well as cover letter templates. Remember to tailor any example or template to fit your own experiences and the job for which you are applying.
- Edit, edit, edit. Be sure to thoroughly proofread each cover letter before sending it, looking for grammar and spelling errors. Consider asking a friend or family member to read over your cover letter.
From “The Balance“