Resumes & Cover Letters


An employer will usually spend no more than six to ten seconds viewing your resume. How will you stand out? 

A successful resume will persuasively express the unique skills and experiences that you can immediately contribute to an organization. Being comfortable with your resume and understanding each component of it is key to expressing your experience and talent.


Action Verbs for Resumes and Professional Profiles
Cover Letter Format
Targeted Resume Example - Justin Poet

Types of Resumes

  • Targeted: A customized resume focused on your specific employment opportunity that is relevant to the job. Most employers gravitate towards a targeted resume that reflects a similarity in the position in which you are applying. Targeted resumes are widely used, especially in today's new economy.
  • Combination: Combines chronological and functional resumes while focusing on experience and skills.
  • Reverse Chronological: All experiences and job titles are listed in reverse chronological order (current to past). This type of resume is rarely used in today's job market.
  • Functional: Experience and skills are normally listed in paragraph form with emphasis on skills. This type of resume is rarely used in today's job market.

Cover Letters

This one-page document should not repeat your resume, but instead, tell the story as to why you are applying and why you would be a good fit. This is an excellent spot for language relating the job description, company culture, and shared values. Be sure to focus in on 2-3 aspects of your skill set.