Resumes & Letters
A résumé demonstrates and highlights specific accomplishments and relevant skills sought by an employer for a job or co-op/internship description. It is not an autobiography or a list of jobs. It is a self-marketing document that summarizes your best attributes. It designed to get you an interview.
- Targeted: Review a job description, industry, or career field
Successful candidates target their résumé with keywords from a specific industry or job description (i.e. market research, valuation modeling, consumer, client, etc.).
- Accomplishment-focused: Beyond just duties
Jobs, leadership roles, internships, etc. have a description of tasks/duties. Think of accomplishments or how well you did that duty/task. Phrases go in order of importance.
- Easy of read: Determine your asset categories
What makes you a strong candidate? Beyond your education, is it work experience, class projects, research with a professor, leadership in clubs/organizations, collegiate athletics, volunteer experience, internships, etc.?
As you search for a job, internship, or co-op it will be necessary to correspond with employers. These notes take different forms and have different purposes. However, most letters will highlight skills, experiences, and describe your qualifications as they relate to an organization and/or a specific position. The most common notes that you will write include the following:
A well written cover letter provides an overview of your background with specific highlights of skills and experiences that best match the needs of the employer as outlined in the position description.
- Length - It is a three to four paragraph note that is written for that specific position.
- Highlight experiences and skills – Use specifics from your background as they relate to the employer’s needs. Match skills and experiences to a position, you will read as a better candidate.
- Specific - Be specific and state why that opportunity is of interest. A generic or general note actually detracts from the overall application.
- Mail or e-mail – You will likely be sending most cover letters via e-mail or uploading them via a company site. Letters sent via e-mail are generally shorter and your note is the body of the e-mail (attach only a resume). If uploading to a company site, use the formal letter structure. Samples of both are at the end.