So you need to find a job? One way to stand out is to have a resume prepared. This guide will walk you through the creation of your resume and cover letter, as well as provide you with additional information to aid your search - lists of Web links and library materials to check out.


15 tips for writing winning resumes – Articles, samples, and lots of critiques. Includes a great action verb list
Action verbs, categorized by skill
Putting a spin on work experience
*Resume library materials


Cover letter do's and don'ts
Write a winning cover letter in 15 minutes
*Cover letter library materials


It is recommended to send a thank you letter after an interview, usually within 24 hours.

Sample Career Thank-You Letters
Thank You Letters - Examples and Templates

  • It should be easy to read quickly.  Make your resume one page or less, if possible.
  • Always put your most impressive information at the top.
  • Tailor your resume to the specific job for which you are applying.
  • Print it on quality resume paper.
  • Make sure there are no typos.  Proofread at least twice, and then get someone else to look at it.
A cover letter accompanying your resume is your chance to really sell yourself.
  • Customize your cover letter for the particular company to which you are applying.
  • Write in a conversational tone.
  • Don’t make it overly formal.  Let some of your personality come through.
  • Address the letter to the person in charge of hiring.  Use their name and make sure you spell it right!


To use resume templates that come with Microsoft Word 2010:

  1. Click the File tab in Microsoft Word.
  2. Click the New option on the left-side panel.
  3. Under Templates, choose Resumes and CVs.
  4. Double-click a folder for a category of resume.
  5. Choose a resume template to get started.
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