ask me for anything Headings – Split info into sections
EDUCATION
Educational Background
Educational Preparation
Academic Background
Academic Training
Educational Overview
Academic History
Special Training
Certification
Certificates
Endorsements
Presentations
Conference Participation
Workshop Presentation
WORK
Career Achievements
Employment
Additional Work Experience
Additional Experience
Related Activities
Part-Time Work Experience
Student Teaching Experience
Practicum Experience
Teaching Experience
Coaching Experience
Professional Experience
Experience Highlights
Professional Background
Experience Summary
OTHER
Activities And Distinctions
Collegiate Activities
Special Honors
College Distinctions
Community Activities
Community Involvement
Community Service
Volunteer Activities
Travel Abroad
Study Abroad
Language Competencies
Military Service
Technical Skills
Computer Skills
Related Skills
Memberships
Professional Organizations
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Crafting your Resume & Cover letter
Think of your resume as a
commercial, not a documentary.
-Emily Rollins, SAU Career Advisor

15 seconds
The average time an employer spends reading a resume
Inverted Pyramid
Read top to bottom, left to right
Most important information – top ⅓ of the page
Make info stand out with style
BIG
BOLD
Italics
Where do I start?
Start with your NAME and the rest is EASY…
Example 1
Key Elements
Your Name
Address
City, State, Zip
Phone Number
Email
Example 2
What do you mean EASY?
◉ Experience – focus on experience for
relevant positions
◉ Accomplishments
◉ Skills – focus on transferable skills when past
positions aren’t directly related
◉ YOU – relate your experience to the position
Resume
SAMPLES
Headings – Split info into sections
EDUCATION
WORK
OTHER
Educational Background
Educational Preparation
Academic Background
Academic Training
Educational Overview
Academic History
Special Training
Certification
Certificates
Endorsements
Presentations
Conference Participation
Workshop Presentation
Career Achievements
Employment
Additional Work Experience
Additional Experience
Related Activities
Part-Time Work Experience
Student Teaching Experience
Practicum Experience
Teaching Experience
Coaching Experience
Professional Experience
Experience Highlights
Professional Background
Experience Summary
Activities And Distinctions
Collegiate Activities
Special Honors
College Distinctions
Community Activities
Community Involvement
Community Service
Volunteer Activities
Travel Abroad
Study Abroad
Language Competencies
Military Service
Technical Skills
Computer Skills
Related Skills
Memberships
Professional Organizations
First Name Last Name
Contact Info
HEADING
Title
2016-2017
Org, City, State
3-5 bullets
Title
2015-2016
Org, City, State
3-5 bullets
Reverse Chronological Order
List most recent information first
Example 1
Key Elements
Your Degree
School
City, State
Graduation Date
GPA (if over 3.0/4.0)
Example 2
Key Elements
Heading – easy to read
Your Title, Org, City, State
Dates: Reverse chronological order
3-5 bullets
Action verbs
Start bullet points with an Action Verb
Creativity
Detail
Teaching
acted directed instituted performed
conceptualized established integrated
planned created fashioned founded
introduced revitalized designed invented
shaped developed illustrated originated
Approved compiled inspected processed
arranged dispatched monitored screened
purchased tabulated catalogued
executed operated recorded validated
classified generated organized retrieved
collected implemented prepared
adapted advised clarified coached
communicated coordinated explained
instructed developed facilitated trained
persuaded encouraged enabled guided
informed stimulated evaluated initiated
Management
Communication
Helping
administered analyzed assigned attained
chaired contracted recommended
supervised developed directed delegated
consolidated reviewed improved
increased organized evaluated oversaw
prioritized produced scheduled
strengthened coordinated
addressed arbitrated arranged authored
corresponded developed directed
drafted edited enlisted formulated
publicized wrote influenced motivated
moderated reconciled interpreted
negotiated spoke recruited lectured
persuaded mediated promoted
translated
assessed demonstrated familiarized
assisted diagnosed guided clarified
educated referred coached expedited
rehabilitated counseled facilitated
represented
Tips for writing good bullet points
Be concise
Quantify
Focus on
the results
Which example is more impactful?
1. Assisted Mechanical Engineering Contractor with various projects.
2. Assisted Mechanical Engineering Contractor with testing and modifying HVAC system to improve air
flow for better climate control of a computer lab.
Other tips to be aware of
◉ Objective statements
◉ One page limit?
◉ Sensitive information (do not include: photo, age, SSN,
marital status, immigration status)
◉ Address
BeeCareers

YOU – relate your experience to the position
https://sau-csm.symplicity.com/students
Crafting your Cover letter
Where do I start?
Start with the same HEADER from your resume
Addressing a cover letter
Date
1.
2.
3.
4.
Company
Address
Double check date on the letter
Find out who the hiring manager is and use their specific name
Never use Mrs. or Miss
Use a colon (:) not a comma (,)
Dear Mr.
or Ms. X:
Paragraphs – What to include
Intro
Middle
Closing
Express your
interest
Match skills to
position
Look forward to
further discussion
State the position
Give examples
Contact info
Where you found it
Explain anything
needing clarification
Thank you for
consideration.
Transition
Signature and printed name
Walk-In Hours
Monday- Friday
11:00am – 4:00pm
15 minute resume, cover letter or linkedIn reviews
Thanks!
Any questions ?
You can find me at
◉ CareerCenter@sau.edu
◉ 563-333-6339
◉ Rogalski Center, 2nd Floor
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