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How can you market what makes you unique? Your resume is your first (and maybe only!) chance to show employers what you can offer. Your resume highlights activities, experiences, academic achievements, etc. that show employers and graduate schools the skills and knowledge you have.
When hiring for internships and jobs, employers are typically looking for a few main skills (written and verbal communication, leadership, teamwork, etc.). To make your skills stand out, it is important to describe your experiences using strong accomplishment-focused statements, starting with action verbs.
A cover letter may also be referred to as a “letter of interest” or “application letter”. It accompanies your resume. Contrary to popular opinion, cover letters ARE read and ARE important. If an employer does not require, but gives you the option of submitting a cover letter, ALWAYS submit a cover letter.
Our resume samples are based on feedback from employers who hire WCU students. Many of the samples are modified versions from students and alumni who successfully secured interviews. Review several samples from a cross-section of industries to get ideas about which format is best for you and your experiences.
We recommend that you avoid using templates, but rather start with a blank Word document to build your own. This will make your resume more unique and will allow your personal strengths and experiences to shine.
When connecting with employers, it is important to converse in a professional manner. Many individuals feel that writing cover letters and other job search correspondence is one of the more challenging aspects of the job search process. The samples provided offer formatting and content suggestions, but be sure to use them only as a guide. Writing your own, original letters will best convey your communication skills as well as most authentically represent your interests, goals, and motivations.
We encourage you to have your resume reviewed to ensure that you are submitting the best presentation of your skills and experiences. We offer several options for how you can receive feedback on your resume.