Resources | Resumes & Cover LettersRESUMES ANDCOVERLETTERSRESUMES|GETTINGSTARTED:Your resume, along with a cover letter, is a way for you to introduce yourself to apotential employer or internship provider. The purpose of the resume is to create interestin you and hopefully result in an invitation to an interview.A well crafted resume willhighlight your skills and accomplishments and demonstrate why you are the bestcandidate.To complete your resume, follow the recommended steps below:Step #1:Before writing your resume, it is critical for you to answer the following questions:•Who will be reading my resume?•What skill sets and qualifications is the employer looking for in my resume?•How can I demonstrate, through specific examples, my skills and experience to apotential employer?The content and design of your resume should reflect your responses to these questions.Remember we read top to bottom and left to right therefore, the information that is mostimportant to your reader should appear in the top 1/3 of you resume.Step #2:Research the area of work you are interested in and review job descriptions.If you wereto pursue a specific position, what skills and experiences would the employer or recruiterexpect?To find out what skills are needed for a particular occupation, consult the followingresources:•Occupational Outlook Handbook –Published by the U.S. Department of Labor, this resource provides comprehensiveoverviews of specific occupations.•O*Net –Search occupations based on your self-prescribed skill sets.•Look at actual job postings of companies in your field of interest.Employers willoutline specific skills desired for applicants.Step #3:An employer is interested in the transferable skills you have developed through a varietyof experiences.Transferable skills are qualities or abilities sought by a majority ofemployers which are useful in multiple areas.Develop a list of your accomplishments,skills and personality characteristics.This will help you match your skills and abilities to theposition requirements.Transferable skills demonstrate to the employer your extensiverange of abilities including:•Communication (written andverbal)•Critical Thinking•Problem-solving•Leadership•Teamwork•Multicultural Understanding•Motivation•Integrity*For more information on transferable skills – please see the Transferable Skills documenton MyHU.
Resources | Resumes & Cover LettersRESUME CHECKLIST:oOne page in length depending on past experience (talk with Career Services ifyou’re having difficulty keeping it to one page. Two pages can be acceptablewith a lot of experience.)oTailor your resume to the position for which you’re applying. Highlight the skills andexperience you have to that specific job.Think about why they should hire youand answer that question with your resume.