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.
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.
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.
Check out sample resumes from the University Career Center.
The purpose of a cover letter is to introduce yourself and expand on the experience in your resume.
A good cover letter should:
Because most of your correspondence with FWS employers will be by email, remember email etiquette:
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)
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.