We are pleased to present this series of 6 blog posts and podcasts to help college graduates make the transition from college to career.

Number 4: Your Calling Card

Create the perfect cover letter & resume.

  • Keep in mind that you’ll want to create these documents for the printed page in various digital formats too.


7
 tips to help you create your perfect cover letter and resume:

 

1. Create a digital document which will contain ALL of your experience to date.

  • Meet with your career guidance office or professor to learn what is the best format for your field of interest. 
  • Do not underestimate the amount of time and care that you must invest in these documents.
  • Remember, people are looking for ‘perfect’ here.
  • Most employers will not look past the top one-third of your resume page. If they see something promising, in the top-third, they continue to read.
  • Customize the information on your resume so that it is only applicable to the specific job you are applying for.
  • The documents you send out need to be proofed by someone who an excellent proof-reader. These documents need to be perfect in every way.

2. Do not include any experience that is not directly related to the job you applying for.

  • Do include your applicable coursework. Tell them what you’ve learned.
  • Do include on or off campus work, paid or unpaid that applies to the job you are applying for.

3. Identify 3 trusted person who know your work and will speak honestly and highly of you and your work.

  • Be sure to include their title, place of business, telephone number, and email address.
  • The more they can say about you, the better.
  • Let your professional references know ahead of time. Request that they be a reference for you.

4. Do not lie on your resume.

  • Once you cross the line into ‘making stuff up’ then you cross the line into trouble.
  • Lying on your resume can get you fired and blacken your name in that industry.

5. Create online versions of your resume on your professional website.

  • Version No. One: HTML. This is searchable and you can insert links to relevant references.
  • Version No. Two: Microsoft Word – Read only document. This remains the standard in word processing documents.
  • Version No. Three: PDF – This is commonly free and available on all computers.

6. Register your website with these search engines:

7. Insert something unique about you in your resume.

  • You need to STAND OUT! Remember, you are one of many.

 

More on this in our next Blogpost / Podcast, “College to Career – Your Job Search

Help people and they will help you.”

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