Resumes and cover letters are your first chance to impress a future employer. These documents work together to secure you an interview.

Resume
Impress employers before you ever shake their hand by creating a flawless resume. Market your skills and experience so your potential employer can quickly see what you could bring to their organization.

The Basics
Your resume is the first impression employers get of you. Employers only take 10-30 seconds to review your résumé. The more concise your resume is, the easier employers will be able to tell whether or not you are the right fit for their company.
Start by reviewing the job description you want to apply for or one within your field. This will give you a good idea of what employers are looking for in their perfect candidate, and will help you focus on the skills you possess that will impress them.

Writing Your Resume
Start your resume by looking at examples. Examples will give you plenty of ideas for content and formatting ideas. Choose a style and format that you think will best showcase your experiences in a professional light.
Make your best effort to summarize your experiences in a way that shows your specific responsibilities and the level of your impact in each.
In writing your resume, you will hear many preferences on how to write and format this document. Take in all the information and feedback. You need to decide on the information that is most helpful and best presents your information.
Be sure there are no grammatical or spelling errors. Nothing says “unprofessional” or “I don’t pay attention to detail” like having an error on your resume.

Review & Revise
Once you have a solid draft, stop by the CRC. Be sure to get your resume critiqued by at least three different people. In addition to using our services, it is always a good idea to have someone in your field review it for field-specific content.

Cover Letters
Cover letters are to introduce yourself and explain your interest in an open position, and are sent to employers along with your resume. They give you an opportunity to offer employers insight to your personality through your writing style and communication skills.
If you are applying for multiple positions, each cover letter should be written specifically for each individual organization.
Also, if you’re sending in your resume through email, be sure to use the body of the email as your cover letter and attach your resume to the email.

Resources
Resume Gallery provides you with a wide range of resume samples based on your background or the field you are applying to.
Rezscore provides you with the opportunity to get a “grade” for your resume and see how you can make it better.
One Stop Resume Advice provides you with a resume guide and checklist to keep you on track and point you in the right direction.
Resume Help provides you with expert advice along with tricks and tips that will help you write a successful resume.
College Central has a section to help you navigate through creating your resume, including key words that are sure to get you noticed.