A resume is an opportunity for you to showcase and summarize your work experience and skills to a prospective employer. Resume formats vary, but you want to give employers a good understanding of your qualities within 20 seconds. Readability is key – don’t clutter your resume.

It should begin with your name and contact information, such as a phone number and e-mail address. The rest of the resume has sections describing your education, experience related to the prospective job, other work experience, skills related to the position and honors and awards. List the most up-to-date and relevant information first in reverse chronological order. Finally, you will need to create a separate references page. You will want to list about three references, who are previous employers and professors who know your work. And most importantly, be absolutely sure your resume is error-free.

For more resume tips, review the COM/SPT Resume Checklist.

For resume examples, see the links below:

Cover Letters

A cover letter is a business letter that introduces your resume. It should be tailored to each company and reflect any special skills or knowledge you possess related to the position. Employers can detect generic cover letters and will not be impressed. You must research the company and position description to write a strong letter.

For more information regarding cover letters, visit the SPDC website.