Need help with your resume, references, and cover letter? Let us help you.
What is a Resume?
A résumé is a document that summarizes your work-related accomplishments and capabilities. It acts as a marketing tool to “brand yourself” to potential employers. Avoid using widely-available templates and ensure the document is limited to one page.
Want a PDF version of our guide? Looking for sample resumes?
Résumés include past experience and qualifications including:
Your name: Should be larger and bolder than the rest of your resume
Current or permanent address
Cell phone number
Email address: Now is the time to create a new email address outside of “@mcdaniel.edu. Use your email provider of choice (such as Gmail) to create a professional email address to use for job applications. YOURNAME@gmail.com is the best way to go.
Web page address (if relevant): This can be your personal website, your LinkedIn Profile, or a link to your online Portfolio.
Name of degree-granting institutions with most recent first
Degree received (such as Bachelor or Arts) and major
Graduation date with month and year (or dates of attendance if a degree was not completed)
Overseas academic experience (such as study abroad, dates, name of specific program/university abroad)
Minors, specializations, or focus areas.
Honors and GPA (only if it enhances your résumé)
Relevant courses (a maximum of five with specific course name (Professional Communication) and not course code (ENG 2212)
Senior capstone project title and description
If seeking particular certification after graduation consider including relevant information. For example, if CPA-bound, include “total credits: 150”
A summary of experience and accomplishments including jobs and internships. List most recent first and include:
Name of company or organization
Location of company or organization (city and state)
Dates worked (month and year)
Descriptions of skills utilized, responsibilities, and accomplishments using Action Verbs. Use present tense for current positions only
Believable, verifiable, and quantifiable accomplishments. For example, “Managed $100,000 budget”
This section should include campus involvement, volunteer work, and athletics. Follow a similar format as the work experience section of your résumé in this section.
Skills & Interest
Headers can include:
Skills: use the section for hard skills such as computer programs/software, technical skills, etc.
Languages: highlight any foreign language skills. Differentiate if you have a basic understanding, are conversant, or are fluent
Interests: this information primarily serves as a conversation starter between you and an employer. List no more than three interests (such as finance, marketing, and travel)
Ensure fonts are large enough that they can be read and margins are between 0.5 and 1.0 inches
Save completed résumés as a PDF to ensure formatting is maintained when submitting electronically
What is a Cover Letter?
Employers often ask for both cover letters résumés. Read the position advertisement to see if a cover letter is required.
When writing a cover letter follow these guidelines:
Customize each cover letter to fit each company/organization and position you are applying to. Research companies/organizations to learn about their work and mission
Use formal letter format and provide your full name, address, and the date
Address an individual in the letter (for instance, “Dear Ms. Smith,”) or a group of people (such as “Dear Hiring Committee,”). Never use “To Whom It May Concern” or similar salutations. Research the company or organization you’re contacting to identify an appropriate addressee
Briefly explain why you are interested in the job
A cover letter should build on the résumé, but not repeat the same information
Express eagerness to interview and enthusiasm for the job
Thank the employer for their consideration of your application
Make sure each letter is free of typos and other errors
Write concisely and ensure each letter is no more than one page in length
Use action verbs to describe past experiences and skills.
Save copies of all cover letters. You may be able to reuse pieces your letter the next time you apply for a job.
Get Your Resume & Cover Letter Reviewed
CEO staff members are here to help! Set up a 30 minute appointment through Handshake.