We at COM Career Services have created an extensive guide on how to best tackle creating your resume and cover letter. Included are examples, an action verb list, and more.
- Brainstorm experience: Before crafting your resume, make a list of jobs you’ve held, clubs you’ve joined, and things you’ve achieved. Sort through them to find the strongest and most relevant accomplishments that relate to the skills your dream jobs require.
- Write strong impact statements: Start each bullet point with a strong action verb that specifically (and confidently) states your achievements. Then, show what you did, how you did it, and why. What was the background of your work? What was the action? What was the result of your work? Each bullet should be concise, powerful, and easy to read.
- Write your draft: Combine all of your strongest, most relevant experience, education, and skills into a one-page resume. Format the document so it can be read quickly and easily.
- Edit & proofread: Go back and review. Is the experience specific to the jobs you’re applying for? Is everything spelled correctly? Is the formatting consistent?
Discover your purpose: What is the job description? Why do you want this job? How will it help you move forward in your career? In what ways are you qualified for the job? What do you hope to learn from the job?
- Research: Go beyond the job description. Look into the company. What are its goals and mission? What’s impressive about the organization? Know what the company does and why you’re applying there.
- Write your draft: In the first sentence state the position you’re applying for. Include a sentence or two with your research. Show you’ve done your homework and are committed to putting in 100 percent. End the first paragraph with a summary of your skills that connects your accomplishments to the company’s needs.
- Edit to complement your resume: Check for spelling and grammar errors. Cut until it’s the most concise (around 300 words), clearest piece you’ve ever written. Make sure it proves you have the necessary experience and provides different information than the resume.In the middle, go into detail about one or two of your jobs. Is there a project you worked on or problem you solved that demonstrates your qualifications for the position? Show your work ethic. Integrate keywords from the job posting and don’t repeat your resume.End politely by thanking the hiring manager for their time and indicate an interest in moving forward with the application.