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.

WRITING A RESUME

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

WRITING A COVER LETTER

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

THANK YOU NOTES

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


    RESUME TIPS
  • 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!

USING MICROSOFT WORD

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 Office.com 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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