The USC Career Center believes that writing a quality resume and cover letter for internship and full-time job opportunities begins with a targeted, one-page summary of your skills and experiences that convinces the employer you would be successful in that position.
At the same time, you have to showcase your skill and experience.
For example, saying “Although I don’t have vast experience as a leader, I have led teams in the absence of supervisors”, won’t impress anyone.
Recommendation letters are generally provided for scholarship and graduate school applications but some employers will still ask on occasion.
Usually the letters are written by people on your reference list.
A resume and cover letter are your tools to make an impact on a potential employer and secure an interview.
There are literally hundreds of books on the market with good advice about how to write effective resumes and cover letters, each with a different opinion on style and content.The most acceptable and readily used format for college students is the chronological resume, in which your most recent experience is listed first.How you choose to construct your resume, in terms of style, is up to you.A list of references and recommendation letters should NOT be included with applications materials unless requested by the employer.Every successful job hunt starts with a good cover letter and a great CV.It is better to say “I have led teams for 10 years in various phases in my organisation and gained [skill X] during each occasion.” Pick at least 3 of the qualities mentioned in the job application and briefly refer to them in your cover letter; they should already be listed in your CV.It’s always best to use hard data in terms of facts and figures when necessary.Personal information like birthdate is omitted to protect candidates from age discrimination as prohibited by federal laws. Your cover letter is your introduction or ‘executive summary’ to your resume.The main point of a cover letter is to tie your experience directly to the job description.You should tailor the list according to whom you believe knows your unique qualifications for the position the best.Please ask potential references if they are comfortable serving as a reference and give them information (including the job description) about the positions you are applying to before you submit their name and information on your reference list.