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Resumes and Cover Letters


Your resume is a document that you use to showcase your past achievements and accomplishments. It is a brief overview of your knowledge, skills, abilities and experience. Resumes are used to screen applicants and determine who will best meet an employer’s needs. The resume screening is conducted using both human and electronic methods. Building a strong resume is vital to your success in attaining interviews with employers.

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Your resume is comprised of many different sections intended to help you highlight the experiences and skills that demonstrate your potential for professional success. Below are the most frequently used sections and information to include.

Resume Sections..

  • Contact Information

  • Education

    • Required:
      ► Name of Institution and Location
      ► Degree type (e.g., Bachelor of Arts)
      ► Date of completion (for students and new grads)
      ► GPA
      ► Special Projects/Relevant Coursework
      Study Abroad
  • Skills

    ► Computer skills
    ► Language proficiency
    ► Any other abilities related to career target

  • Experience

    • ► May include paid employment, volunteering and internships.
      ► Name of Company or Entity and Location
      ► Position Title or Role
      ► Dates (Month Year –Month Year or Present if currently there)
      Description using format for resume bullets
  • Activities

    ► On-campus student organizations
    ► Community groups
    ► Professional memberships

Organizing the Resume

How you organize your sections is based on relevance to the description of the opportunity. The sections should be in order of greatest to least relevance, so the reader sees immediately how you are qualified. It is very common to have more than one resume if you have more than one target.

Contact information: At the top, clear and easy to find

Education: Most students and new grads put education first. Those with considerable relevant experience may have it further down.

Honors and Achievements: Can come right after Education, if intended target would value/seek these types of accomplishments.

Skills: Those in highly specialized fields such as STEM area include this section near the top. Most others have this section near the bottom.

Experience: Placement depends on how well the experience relates to your intended target.

  • May have multiple experience sections of different types (e.g., Volunteer Experience)

Activities: Usually near the bottom of the resume. Highly relevant activities may be further up. 

  • Consider formatting as an experience with our resume bullet structure
  • Note: Most of our resources for resumes are focused on the US document. If you need information on documents to be used outside of the US, please look at GoinGlobal 

Cover letters

Cover letters are an essential document and should be utilized whenever possible in conjunction with a resume. While the resume serves to provide the reader with a comprehensive overview of your skills and experience, it is the cover letter that can convey to the reader your motivation for the position and better illustrate how your skills, knowledge and experience would benefit their organization. Your cover letter should be personalized to the individual reader whenever possible as this would have the most impact. 

Thank You Letters

Thank You Letters/E-mails are essential for getting your name back into the mind of the recruiter and reminding them of what was discussed, your keen interest in the position you interviewed, your qualifications for the position and finally to thank them for the opportunity.

RBS Resumes

RBS Office of Career Management has specific requirements for RBS students’ resumes. Please log into BusinessKnight for more information.


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