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RESUMES AND COVER LETTERSA resume is the basic tool used in a job search. It should be a brief summary of your abilities,education, experiences and skills. A resume is your opportunity to present your bestcharacteristics and accomplishments and to demonstrate your potential for future success. Theidea is not to list your entire life history, but to present a concise picture of your experiences andeducation as they relate to your career goals.INFORMATION TO INCLUDEThere are no clear-cut rules about the exact information that should be included on a resume.Certain categories of information are very important, while others can be omitted, depending onthe position and your personal preferences.Header1• Full name (avoid nicknames when possible)2• Street address, Box #3• City, State (postal abbreviations acceptable), Zip Code4• Area code and telephone number5• E-mail address (Be professional!)ObjectiveAlthough this section is optional, an objective indicates that you have career goals, conveys yourwork preference(s) and gives your resume a focus. If you are concerned about your objectivebeing too limited, prepare several resumes with different objectives and tailor them to fit eachposition. Otherwise, omit this section and explain your objective in the cover letter.An objective should be:Clear and concise;Consistent with the accomplishments/skills demonstrated on your resume;Stated with specific goals.Examples: “A Management Trainee position in international banking” or“A position as an Elementary School Teacher”.Education -start with your most recent degree and for each degree include:1• Complete name of the degree received or working towards (i.e. Bachelor of Arts inPsychology)2• Schools attended with the city and state (note – only college degrees received or workingtowards)3• Date of graduation4• Major, minor and any concentration5• G.P.A.6• Dean’s List7• Honors or awards*8• Special workshops, seminars or research projects*9• Study abroad experiences*10• Relevant coursework*Note: * These may be considered for a separate section, if you have severalCertification/Licensure1• List any relevant certification and/or licensure related to your objective and date receivedExamples: New York State Initial Certification in Childhood Education, Grades 1-6Certified Financial Planning Certificate-27-
ExperienceThis section should include all relevant experiences - paid, volunteer, academic credit, internship,student teaching experiences etc. Employers want to know your skills and what you can do on thejob.This area can be titled EXPERIENCE, or divided into separate sections, based on the relevance toyour objective/career goal.Example: TEACHING EXPERIENCE (with objective being to obtain a position as a teacher)Under each “EXPERIENCE” section, starting with your most recent job, listeach positionandinclude:1• Your title2• Company or organization name3• City, State4• Dates of Employment5

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