Résumés & Cover Letters
Résumés are dynamic documents that require continuous updating and editing. It is imperative that your résumé is frequently revised to keep it current and on top of the trends. A trained Career Information Specialist will help you with this process.
Whether you are creating a résumé for the first time or revamping a pre-existing one, the first step is signing up for a résumé workshop. During the summer these are held on Tuesday & Friday @ 1:00-2:30 pm (check website celendar for updates). You must attend a résumé workshop before coming in for one-on-one assistance during walk ins each Mon/Tues between 1:15-3:15 pm and Wed/Thurs/Fri between 9:30-11:30 am.
Writing a Great Résumé
Include your name, phone number, email address, current mailing address. Optional: LinkedIn address.
The profile is the response to the “tell me about yourself” question in an interview. This is your self-marketing statement and an overview of your character, skills, qualifications and area of expertise. See Handout: Profile Statement (pdf)
List some of your best qualities pertinent to the job. Look at the specific job description and highlight key words and phrases to be included in this section and throughout your résumé. This section focuses on your soft skills and context as to where you developed the skill. See Handout: (goes with Profile)
Name your degree or diploma, the name of the institution, date you attended/graduated and city (country if obtained outside of Canada). Do not include high school if you are enrolled in a degree or post-secondary diploma program.
Related Experience Using Achievement Statements
List your work experience with your position, where you worked, and dates worked. Under each job description be sure to describe accurately and informatively what you did using several creative and carefully written achievement statements. Use the formula: Action Verb + What you did + How you did it + End result or outcome = Achievement Statement. See Handout: Achievement Statements (pdf)
Always create a separate document from your résumé unless specified by the employer. Your 3 references can be from your past work or volunteer experience, community involvement as well as your professors or instructors from school. Be sure to always update your references by letting them know where you are applying and how your job search process is.
A Cover Letter entices the reader as to why you should be selected among a pool of qualified candidates. It also allows you to demonstrate your company knowledge and express your top skills.
A Cover Letter:
- Is short, concise, and informative (one-page)
- Demonstrates your knowledge of the company and/or the industry
- Highlights the top skills that qualify you for the job
- Validates your skills by giving descriptive, specific, and brief examples
Formatting a Cover Letter:
- Font style and size is neat and professional
- Correct grammar and spelling
- Business letter format
- One-page maximum
- Personalized to your own creative style
- Use correct name and salutation of the person the letter is addressed to
See Handout: Cover Letter Guide (pdf)