Resume, Cover Letter, & References

Resume Information

A resume is a snapshot of your work experience, skills, and education.  Think of a resume as a print advertisement, your own personal marketing tool.  A well-written resume will make a good impression on a potential employer.  There are two basic forms of resumes: chronological and functional.  Decide which is best for you based the descriptions below.

Chronological Resumes lists work experience beginning with most recent position held.

When to use this type of resume

Sample Template 1 (pdf) / (Word)

Sample Template 2 (pdf)

Functional Resumes are organized by specific skills, experiences, and accomplishments.

When to use this type of resume

Sample Template 1 (pdf) / (Word)

Sample Template 2 (pdf)

Resume Tips

Must be type-written

Use bulleted lists to emphasize strengths

Describe skills with action words

Check for spelling and grammatical errors

Consult with a Workforce Development Specialist

Emphasize your accomplishments

Don't forget to include your volunteer experience

Focus on skills you enjoy using

 

Cover Letters

Cover letters accompany your resume and are designed to capture the employer's attention by highlighting the specific skills that the employer is seeking.  There is no standard cover letter.  Make your cover letters job-specific by using the skill words that appear in the job description.

Sample Template

Employment References

Carefully choose four employment references that compliment your resume.  Possible references are current or former supervisors, colleagues or co-workers, contacts made while volunteering, and supervision officers.  This list should include the reference's name, title, company, and phone number.  Inform your references when they may be contacted by prospective employers.  This type-written list is given to the prospective employer at the time of the interview. 

Sample Template