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Student Financial Aid

Important Dates

2017-2018 FWS Fall/Spring Work Period is August 20, 2017 - May 26, 2018

Orientation Dates

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 1:00 pm Martin Hall - Rm. 3106

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 12:00 pm Hornbake Library - Rm. 1108

Thursday, August 31, 2017 2:00 pm Hornbake Library - Rm. 0105

Friday, September 1, 2017 1:00 pm Martin Hall - Rm. 3106

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 12:00 pm Hornbake Library - Rm. 1108

Tools to Monitor your FWS Award

FWS Award Payment Tracking


Resume Tips

Resume Overview

Your resume is an important aspect of the job search process. It is the first impression you make with an employer and a well-structured resume can open the door to an interview. Your resume should be one page in length and include your contact information, career objective, education, experience, honors & awards, skills, and extracurricular activities.

Resume Tips

When writing your resume, you should ensure that your objectives are aligned with those of the employer. Be sure to emphasize what skills you have learned, in addition to jobs performed, in both paid and unpaid positions. Use action verbs and specific examples to explain your accomplishments to the employer. Finally, remember to proofread!

Use Action Verbs such as Accomplished, Administered, Advised, Analyzed, Assisted, Built, Collaborated, Completed, Conducted, Coordinated, Created, Developed, Devised, Directed, Examined, Facilitated, Formulated, Generated, Implemented, Improved, Initiated, Investigated, Managed, Marketed, Monitored, Motivated, Negotiated, Proposed, Researched, Specified, Supervised, Taught, Used, Wrote.

For Students with no Previous Work Experience

You may include work, leadership and academic achievements from high school. By your third year in college, college experiences should replace those from high school.

Sample Resumes

Check out sample resumes from the University Career Center.

Cover Letter Overview

The purpose of a cover letter is to introduce yourself and expand on the experience in your resume.

Cover Letter Tips

A good cover letter should:

  • Include specific information about why you want to work for the employer
  • Demonstrate your knowledge of the position
  • Align your experience with the desired qualifications of the employer

For examples of cover letters, check out the University Career Center cover letter resource link .

Email Tips

Because most of your correspondence with FWS employers will be by email, remember email etiquette:

  • Be sure to indicate in the subject line the position you are applying for.
  • Always introduce yourself the same way you would in a cover letter.
  • Indicate that you are a FWS participant and the amount of your FWS award.
  • Include a copy of your class schedule or discuss your tentative work hours and work availability.
  • Be sure to use your professional or school email when applying to job postings.
  • Name your document "Your name, Resume" since employers can receive numerous resumes.
  • Be sure to attach both the resume and cover letter. Do not just submit them within the body of the email.

An email to an employer should never just say "see attached" when referring to your resume and cover letter. Remember to switch your style of writing in email from casual to professional. Never use emoticons, be too informal, have misspellings and poor grammar, and never use all caps.

For example of professional email (see below)

To: ABCperson@umd.edu
From: janedoe@umd.edu
Subject: Application for Office Assistant

Dear (Name of Employer),

I am writing in response to the ad posted on the Federal Work-Study website for Office Assistant at ABC Department. I am a new participant of the FWS program and have been offered $1600 FWS award. Please accept my attached resume and letter as an application for this position. I am friendly, have great communication skills, and am highly organized. My skills and experience closely fit the posted job description.

I would like to work about 8 hours a week between Monday through Thursday between classes. For your reference, I have also attached my class schedule.
Thank you for your consideration and I hope to hear from you soon. I can be reached at (XXX) XXX-XXXX or by email at janedoe@umd.edu.

Sincerely,

Jane/John (Student Name)

Employers will usually respond within 5-7 business days of you sending the email. If you do not receive a response from the employer you should follow-up by email, phone call or stopping by the department office to make sure your resume was received and inquire about the status of your application.