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Resumes and Cover Letters

Creating Your Resume

The resume is your personal marketing brochure and an integral part of your job search. Its purpose is to gain you invitations to interviews. As a marketing device, a resume must convey who you are, highlight your qualifications and minimize your limitations to prospective employers. You want them to "screen you in" for an interview based on your resume, not "screen you out." A quality resume is: accurate, descriptive, brief, easy-to-read, graphically engaging and laser printed. A photocopied resume does not cut it.

Sample Cover Letter

This is an example of what your resume cover letter should look like.

The Resume Page

- The Resume Page discusses points to remember and guidelines to follow as you write you resume.

The Resume Format
  • There are various types of resume formats and they are all discussed and linked to this page.
    • The Chronological Resume
    • The Functional Resume
    • The Combinational Format
Resume Content

Resume content is crucial to an effective resume.

Resume Layout and Production

Some key rules that must be obeyed in reproducing your resume are listed here.

Electronic and Scannable Resume Guidelines

These are some important and sometimes overlooked guidelines that are crucial in creating and transmitting electronic resumes.

Action Words

A large list of action verbs that will aid in the development of a positive and forceful image.
Online Action Verb List

Sample Resumes

Sample resumes are available on USciences Careers.

Websites for help with writing resumes and cover letters:

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