By Mafe Oribio
Developing your professional documents for applications can be confusing and contradicting. Luckily, we are here to help you navigate this subject.
During our meeting on Oct. 5th, we discussed the importance of developing and polishing your resume, cover letter, and even presentation cards in advance. This will allow you to then customize such documents for your specific needs. When deciding the design/look, it is beneficial to choose one layout (font, sizes, colors, etc.) and keep it consistent across documents so the reader has an easier time understanding who you are, and also helps portray your dedication and intentions.
Do’s and Dont’s
Do not include your picture in any of your professional materials (except your online portfolio).
Do not include your physical/mailing address.
Do use action verbs at the beginning of each experience description
Do keep your resume to ONE page
Do keep your original resume so you can use it as a foundation when having to make customized copies for different situations. Pick and choose the most relevant experiences that match the position you are applying for. You may do the same for your cover letter.
It is good practice to update your resume every time you gain a new skill/experience (i.e: at the end of each semester, at the end of an internship/job, after a workshop). That way, the editing process will be easier, shorter and you will always have a current version of the things you know and are capable of. Remember that your resume is a living document, so work on it a little at a time, be patient, and know it will always change and can be arranged in numerous ways. You just have to find what works for you, the industry, and what you want to do.
Other resources you can use to learn more about how to improve each item is by scheduling appointments at Moody’s Career Center, asking a professor that is involved in the field you are interested in to look at them and give you feedback, or to network with industry-related professionals to see what they are looking for.
And check out these websites for examples and even more helpful hints:
As always, we are here to help you, answer any questions, or connect you with people that can guide you.