Writing Tips

Resume Types

  • Chronological – This type of resume starts with employment history listed first. This type of resume is good for individuals with a strong work history.
  • Functional – This type of resume focuses on knowledge, skills, experience, and/or accomplishments. This type of resume is often designed to show how your current skill set fits with the position in which you are applying. This is often used by individuals changing careers, those that have chronological gaps, or those with limited employment history.
  • Combination – This type of resume lists specials skills first, followed by your employment history. This is often used by individuals that want to highlight specific skills for a specific position.
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) – This document resembles a resume but focuses on teaching and research experiences. This is often used when individuals are seeking teaching positions.

Resume Tips

  • Make sure your name is clear and “pops” off the page.
  • It needs to be easy to read and easy on the eyes.
  • Consider having two-a functional and a chronological version.
  • References:
    • Identify references and inform them of your search intentions.
    • Make sure the references will be positive.
  • Provide most accessible contact information; email, phone, and physical address.

Cover Letter Tips

  • Do not summarize your resume.
  • The purpose of your cover letter is to introduce yourself.
  • Speak to your knowledge, skills, and abilities as they relate to the position and institution.
  • Make concise statements about who you are and what your intentions are.
  • Find out who your audience will be; you will want to address the letter directly to them.

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