Your Resume
    Whether you are writing your first resume or updating an old one, you have probably wondered just how much difference it really makes in getting you the job. Well, a resume can say a lot about you, and not all of it is in words. Think of your resume as a word picture of yourself. Just as you would not show up for an interview in the same clothes you wore to clean the barn or to attend aerobics class, you should not submit a resume that is badly organized or sloppy-looking. Since your resume is most likely the first thing a potential employer will see from you, it needs to be a professional reflection of you and of your talents.

Cover Letters:
Cover Letter:

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Include a cover letter with every resume that you
do not personally deliver.

Mention why you chose that company and list your
specific job qualifications.
Try to write the letter to a specific person in the
company and do not forget to thank that person for
his or her time.
Request an interview and indicate when you will
be calling.

June 1, 2003

Eric R. Daniels
2017 East "A" Street
Torrington, Wyoming 82240

Gabrielle Edwards
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Happy Puppy Veterinary Clinic
Torrington, Wyoming 82240

Dear Dr. Edwards,

I am writing to inquire about a summer position at your veterinary clinic.

I will graduate from Torrington High School this month and will be pursuing a pre-veterinary degree at the University of Wyoming in the fall. I gained experience with small animals by volunteering last summer at the Huntley Animal Shelter cleaning kennels and exercising the animals there.

I am familiar with your kenneling procedures and routine pet checkup visits, as my family has used your clinic for our dog and our two cats. I want to learn as much as I can from you and your colleagues. I am a hard worker and a fast learner.

My resume is enclosed for your review. I will contact your office next week to see if you are available to meet with me.

Thank you in advance for your time.

Sincerely,



Eric R. Daniels

Enclosure


  

May 1, 2003

Jenna S. Caine
112 South 5th Street
Laramie, Wyoming 82070

Barbara H. Jackson
Personnel Director
Fletch and Fuller, Inc.
Columbus, Ohio 84322

Dear Ms. Jackson,

Within the next few weeks I will be graduating from the University of Wyoming with a bachelorís degree in accounting. After researching the companies in my field, I know I could make a significant contribution to your company.

I am writing to inquire whether you have any openings for an entry-level accountant. My attached resume lists my previous work experience. In addition to interning for two summers as an accountant, I also worked part-time as an assistant accountant during the school year.

I would like to meet with you to discuss any employment opportunities further. May I call you next week to schedule an interview?

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,



Jenna S. Caine

Enclosure


Reverse Chronological Resume

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Even though Eric does not have much work experience, he has included volunteer work and other activities, such as 4-H, that are related to the job he is trying to obtain.


With short resumes, you may wish to include your references with the resume, but remember to be certain your references will give you good referrals!


 

ERIC R. DANIELS
2017 East "A" Street
Torrington, Wyoming 82240  
(307) 555-4171

 

EMPLOYMENT  Seeking a full-time position assisting a veterinarian, working 
OBJECTIVE        primarily with small animals.

EDUCATION     1999-03 Torrington High School, Torrington, Wyoming.

EXPERIENCE    2002           Volunteer (summer)
                                              Huntley Animal Shelter, Huntley, Wyoming.
                                                   * Cleaned cages and fed animals.
                                                   * Exercised animals.
      
                          2000-2001     Biology Class Assistant
                                              Torrington High School, Torrington, Wyoming.
                                                   * Cleaned cages and fed laboratory rats.
        
                          1996-2001      Member
                                              Torrington 4-H, Torrington, Wyoming.
                                                   * Raised rabbits and sheep for show at fairs.
        
REFERENCES    Kit T. Katt, Manager, Huntley Animal Shelter,
                            Huntley, Wyoming 82218.                               

                            Bay O. Wolff, Instructor, Torrington High School,
                            Torrington, Wyoming 82240.
                            Telephone: (307) 555-3647

 

 


Chronological Resume: 

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Starts with the most recent employment and works backward.

This is the most traditional type of resume because it is easy to follow and contains general information about employment and education.

 



Jenna S. Caine
112 South Fifth Street
Laramie, Wyoming 82070
(307) 555-1212



      OBJECTIVE:      Entry-level accounting  position with a CPA firm

      EDUCATION:     B.S. Degree in Accounting,  University of Wyoming, 2001

      EMPLOYMENT:
      September 2002 to Present    Accounting Assistant
                                                       Winters, Bartley and Bartley, Laramie, Wyoming
                                                       * Recorded general ledger entries
                                                       * Preparation of monthly reports
                                                       * Processing of employee payroll and client billing
                                                          statements
                                                       * Maintained personnel records

       June 2002-September 2002   Accounting Internship
                                                        Big Mountain Oil and Gas, Big Horn, Wyoming
                                                       * Coded and distributed invoices
                                                       * Balanced accounts receivable payments
                                                       * Calculated monthly expense reports

       June 2001-September 2001   Accounting Internship
                                                        Rigmann Advertising, Sheridan, Wyoming
                                                       * Prepared and entered client invoices
                                                       * Calculated employee commissions
                                                       * Assembled departmental expense accounts

       AFFILIATIONS:   President of Beta Alpha Psi
                                         Member of Golden Key National Honor Society
                                         Participated in the Regional Accountant Olympics

                                           

                                           References available upon request

 

FUNCTIONAL RESUME

Functional Resume:

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This type of resume is used when you want to emphasize your skills.

Carefully study the duties of the job you are applying for and use the necessary skills listed on the announcement as the qualification headers.

Your employment history is usually listed at the bottom, especially if your work history covers more than ten years.

 

                JENNA S. CAINE
112 South Fifth Street
Laramie, Wyoming 82070
(307) 555-2153

     OBJECTIVE         Seeking an entry-level accounting position with a CPA firm.

     EDUCATION      B.S. - Accounting
                                   University of Wyoming, 2003
                                   GPA 3.7 (4.0/A)

     QUALIFICATIONS
                                   Financial Statements - Experienced in the correct
                                   procedures for creating and maintaining journals, ledgers,
                                   balance sheets, income statements, etc.

                                   Records Keeping - Highly organized. Able to accurately
                                   compile expense accounts, client billing statements and
                                   invoices, employee payroll records and various monthly
                                   reports.

                                   Motivation - Able to work independently. Continually
                                   striving to reach high performance standards, including
                                   careful attention to detail.

     ACADEMIC        President of Beta Alpha Psi
     HIGHLIGHTS     Member of Golden Key National Honor Society
                                     Participated in Regional Accountant Olympics

     EXPERIENCE
     9/02-present        Accountant Assistant
                                   Winters, Bartley and Bartley, Laramie, Wyoming

     6/02-9/02             Accountant Internship
                                   Big Mountain Oil & Gas, Big Horn, Wyoming

     6/01-9/01             Accountant Internship
                                   Rigmann Advertising, Sheridan, Wyoming


                                           References Furnished Upon Request

 

 

Remember...
You can use extracurricular activities as work 
experience. So, get out there and get involved!
 


ERIC R. DANIELS

2017 East "A" Street
Torrington, Wyoming 82240  
(307) 555-4171


       SUMMARY          Seeking a full-time position assisting a veterinarian, working
                                        primarily with small animals.

       VOLUNTEER       Summer Volunteer, Summer 2002
       WORK                    Huntley Animal Shelter, Huntley, Wyoming
                                          * Cleaned cages and fed animals.
                                          * Exercised animals.

                                         Biology Class Assistant, 2000-2001
                                         Torrington High School, Torrington, Wyoming.
                                          * Cleaned cages and fed laboratory rats.

       RELATED
       EXPERIENCE        Member of 4-H, Torrington, Wyoming.
                                          * Raised rabbits and sheep for show at fairs.
                                          * Responsible for daily care, feeding and cleaning of
                                             animals.

                                          Pet Owner
                                          * Currently own and care for one dog and two cats.

       EDUCATION       1999-03 Torrington High School, Torrington, Wyoming

       REFERENCES     Kit T. Katt, Manager, Huntley Animal Shelter,
                                        Huntley, Wyoming 82218
                                        Telephone: (307) 555-6369

                                        Bay O. Wolff, Instructor, Torrington High School,
                                        Torrington, Wyoming 82240
                                        Telephone: (307) 555-3647

 

 ELECTRONIC RESUME

Electronic Resume:

 

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Scannable or plain text resumes are becoming more and more popular with large companies receiving a large volume of resumes. The resumes are scanned into a computer program which searches for certain keywords. Only the resumes containing the keywords are selected for further review.

When creating a computer-friendly resume, always use standard font types (i.e., Helvetica, Courier, Arial) and black ink on white paper.

Do not use tabs, graphics, underline, italics, asterisks, lines, boxes, parentheses or other unusual characters.

Collect keywords from the job announcement and incorporate them into your resume. Use terms common to the industry. Be specific about computer software such as FORTRAN, Visual Basic, Lotus, HTML, PageMaker, CAD, etc. Also, list any degrees, licenses or certificates that may be required (MSHA, CPR training, real estate license).

Try faxing or e-mailing your resume to a friend to see what it looks like from the receiving end before you send it to a prospective employer.



Jenna S. Caine
112 South Fifth Street
Laramie, WY 82070
307-555-2153
jcaine@webaddress.com

KEYWORD SUMMARY
BS Accounting, 2000, General Ledgers, Journals, Income Statements, Balance Sheets, Organized, Expense Accounts, Billing, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Invoices, Payroll, Commission, Reports, Tax Law, Motivated, Detail Oriented, High Performance Standards, Beta Alpha Psi, Golden Key National Honor Society

OBJECTIVE
Seeking an entry-level accounting position with a CPA firm.

EDUCATION
Bachelor of Science, Accounting, 2003
University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming
G. P. A. 3.7/4.0

EXPERIENCE
ACCOUNTING ASSISTANT, 9/02 to Present
Winters, Bartley and Bartley, Laramie, Wyoming
Recorded journal and ledger entries. Prepared monthly reports. Processed employee payroll and client billing statements.

ACCOUNTING INTERNSHIP, 6/02 to 9/02
Big Mountain Oil & Gas, Big Horn, Wyoming
Coded and distributed invoices. Balanced accounts receivable and accounts payable payments. Calculated monthly expense records.

ACCOUNTING INTERNSHIP, 6/01 to 9/01
Rigmann Advertising, Sheridan, Wyoming
Prepared and entered client invoices. Calculated employee commissions. Assembled departmental expense accounts.

AFFILIATIONS
President of Beta Alpha Psi
Member of Golden Key National Honor Society
Participated in Regional Accountant Olympics

REFERENCES
Available upon request.
 
                Resume Checklist
                  Is your resume:
    • Typed and neatly spaced?
    • Clean?
    • On high quality paper?
    • Free of abbreviations?
    • Free of spelling errors?
    • Factually correct?


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