Resumes & Cover Letters

Career Services Staff helps with ResumesThe Career Services and Cooperative Education Office has a wide range of books, print handouts, and website references to help you write a resume and cover letter for your job search.

If you would like to have your resume critiqued you can bring it to our offices on the second floor of the Killian Annex Building - Student One Stop, visit our Peer Career Mentors around campus, or you can call (828-227-7133) or e-mail us to set up an appointment with one of our Career Counselors.

You may want to look at the following templates:

Here are some points to remember before you start a resume.

  • Don't wait until the last minute to do your resume.
    Registered employers search our JobCat database throughout the year for potential employees. Don't miss out on a good job because you didn't have your resume ready.
  • Resume styles have changed in the last 20 years. Make sure you are using the latest format.
    Our office has good examples for entry-level or various career field resumes.
  • Most employers or HR staff only spend about thirty seconds scanning your resume.
    The organization and presentation of your skills and experience are very important. Some large companies have computers doing the initial scan. You will need a different format for computer based scanning.
  • You may need to do multiple versions of your resume if you have different objectives or several career paths.
    Each resume should have the information organized to support your objective.
  • Have someone else read your resume when you are done.
    Our office is always glad to work with individual students to make certain their resumes are in tip-top shape. Don't rely solely on Spell/Grammar Check to catch errors in your resume. We have found some humorous or even embarrassing statements that have passed these checks with flying colors.
  • Use the cover letter to relate your experience and education to the specific job opening or needs of the company.
    You may expand on relevant experiences from your resume or relate something that isn't in the resume but shows how you qualify for this position.

Here are some points to remember while writing your resume.

  • Do not cut and paste sections of your resume into the cover letter. The cover letter is a chance to show your communication skills and thought process to a potential employer.
  • Do not use the word "I" to begin every sentence of the cover letter.
  • Use action words: Accomplished, Achieved, Acted, Adapted, Addressed, Administrated, Advanced... See the Action Verbs Sheet.

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