I have found a lot of students (and professionals long out of college) complaining, understandably, that not much time was spent in providing undergrads with career advisement. Well, that ends now. Here, in this Fortress of Career Advisement, I will be periodically posting sample résumés and cover letters with the intention of posting samples for a wide range of jobs/careers. For today, I attached a few basic résumés and one sample cover letter (see attached). Important things to remember are the need for clean résumé copy (a lot of open/white space and an easy to read font). Eleven to twelve point font and Times Roman or Garamond are preferred types for me. For new college graduates without much experience, a functional resume, highlighting skill sets, is likely a better way to go rather than the chronological style. Regarding the lack of a career/job objective, that is not an oversight. I like many résumé writers find those to be a waste of valuable résumé real estate. If you do include a job objective, it should be after personal information and be specific to the job being applied to such as:
To secure an internship in human resource management with XYZ, Inc.
In future posts, we will further examine each component of résumés and cover letters.