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Career CenterA resume and cover letter are your tools tomake animpacton a potential employer and secure an interview.There are literally hundreds of books on the marketwith good advice about how to writeeffective resumesand cover letters, each with a different opinion onstyle and content. The USC Career Center believes thatwriting a quality resume and cover letter for internshipand full-time job opportunities begins with a targetedone-page summary of your skills and experiences thatconvinces the employer you would be successfulin that position. The goal is to make your materials soengaging that the reader cannot wait to meet you!To help youimpress potential employers, the CareerCenter has constructed this booklet with guidelines,helpful hints and examples of quality resumes, includinga sample reference page and cover letter that haveprovenhighly effectivewith USC recruiters.Effective Resumesand Cover LettersUSC Career Center3601 Trousdale Parkway, Student Union 110Los Angeles, CA 90089-4897)324*!851.:222!!q!!DBSFFST"VTD/FEV!!q!!IUUQ;00DBSFFST/VTD/FEV
RESUME FORMATThe following information has been created to guide you in writing a quality resume.The most acceptable and readily used format for college students is the chronologicalresume, in which your most recent experience is listed first. How you choose toconstruct your resume, in terms of style, is up to you. For example, placing dates onthe left or right or whether your contact information should be centered or on the lefthand column is entirely your choice. The one rule to remember is that consistency is thename of the game. Always maintain the same style throughout your resume.CONTACT INFORMATION:Put your contact information at the top of your resume. Itshould include your name, address, phone number and e-mail address. If you plan torelocate soon it’s acceptable to list a permanent address.OBJECTIVE:For most college students seeking internships or entering the professionaljob market, stating an objective on your resume is not necessary. Instead, bring outyour interests in a cover letter tailor-made for the specific job you are applying for.EDUCATION:List your degrees in chronological order with the most recent degree firstas well as any study abroad experiences you may have. You may also include relevantcoursework to highlight specific skills and knowledge. If your GPA is 3.0 or above, goahead and list it in this section.EXPERIENCE:List your most recent experience first and do not overlook internships,volunteer positions and part-time employment. Use action verbs to highlightaccomplishments and skills. You may also list substantial academic projects underexperience.ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:This section may stand alone under the “AdditionalInformation” heading and highlight relevant information that may include computerand language skills, professional associations, university and community activities(including any oﬃces held) and interests.