Answer a few easy questions to help you get started with the right information.
1. Have you ever created a resume before?
2. Are you attempting to apply for a specific position/internship/field?
3. What type of resume do you want to make? (See the Types of Resumes below.)
Explore the resume template offerings included in the Microsoft Office Word program.
Veteran/Adult Learner Student Resume:
Chronological: The chronological resume format is most commonly used by college students. In a chronological resume, you format your experiences chronologically, most recent first. Employers are familiar with the chronological format and often prefer it. - Georgetown University, Cawley Career Education Center
Functional: A demonstration of how to organize your work experiences chronologically under functional categories. For example, in the “Experience” section of your resume, you might have two sub-sections, such as “Finance Experience,” and “Legal Experience.” - Georgetown University, Cawley Career Education Center
Resumes should always be customized to match the job description you are applying for as much as possible. Consequently, this will necessitate changes each time you apply for a new position. Different industries also have different expectations for resumes when it comes to formatting and information included.
Click for: General tips for customizing your resume.
Cover Letters remain an essential part of any job hunt. Even if an application lists a cover letter as an optional document, it's best to assume it never is. Cover letters are a separate document from your resume and they should not be uploaded togeteher. Cover letters help you accomplish several things:
Cover letters should always be customized, along with your resume, to fit each position you are applying for. A good way to get started is by researching different cover letter styles for the industries/fields you are interested in working in. Here are some links to help you format a basic cover letter and well as more information about the various types of cover letters;
Review the tabs on the left, under Cover Letter Format: How to Choose the Best Font and Size for Cover Letters
This is your chance to use a more narrative style to illustrate why you would be a good fit for the company you are applying to work for. You want your cover letter to make a strong positive first impression so they will want to meet you and get to know even more about you.
Microsoft Office offers numerous resume templates in Word. Again, the style and format will somewhat depend on the field you are applying for, but there are some basic tips to remember for cover letters that go with your resume and job application.
There are two types of Reference Lists, Professional and Personal/Character. They are separate documents. Though you may not use them to apply for every job, it is essential that you maintain these lists for several reasons. It is also important to note that you should not provide these lists to potential employers unless they are requested or are required as part of the application process. You should always mention that they are "available upon request" in your cover letter.
Guidelines for a Professional Reference List:
Guidelines for a Personal/Character Reference List:
Helpful Links with additional tips: