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RESUME & COVER
LETTER TIPS:
GETTING STARTED
KIMBERLY WHITE
INTERNSHIP COORDINATOR
RISE3 INITIATIVE
BIRMINGHAM-SOUTHERN COL...
WHAT DO EMPLOYERS LOOK FOR
IN RECENT GRADUATES?
According to the Chronicle of Higher Education (2012),
internships ranked ...
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO OBTAIN AN
INTERNSHIP?
• Know your academic, professional interests and goals
• Research what’s out the...
BUILDING YOUR RESUME
BUILDING YOUR RESUME
What should go on my resume? It’s not simply a one-page summary
of your work experience. Be holistic ...
BUILDING YOUR RESUME
Action words
• Use active words, and vary word choice
• Ex. Collaborated, taught, extracted, conducte...
BUILDING YOUR RESUME
Resume advice is always subjective, but some of my thoughts on
the subject include:
Avoiding buzzword...
RESUME EXAMPLES
THE COVER LETTER
Not always required in an internship application, but a great way
to demonstrate your interest in the pos...
QUESTIONS?
If you have further questions or would like resume help from
me:
• Office hours: Thursdays, 1-3pm, Olin 209
• E...
REFERENCES
Giang, M. (2012, September 28). 12 Of The Coolest, Most Creative
Resumes We've Seen. Retrieved February 5, 2015...
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This presentation provides an overview of what to include in a resume and cover letter, geared towards emerging leaders who are seeking internship opportunities.

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Resume & Cover Letter Tips: Getting Started

  1. 1. RESUME & COVER LETTER TIPS: GETTING STARTED KIMBERLY WHITE INTERNSHIP COORDINATOR RISE3 INITIATIVE BIRMINGHAM-SOUTHERN COLLEGE
  2. 2. WHAT DO EMPLOYERS LOOK FOR IN RECENT GRADUATES? According to the Chronicle of Higher Education (2012), internships ranked highest:
  3. 3. WHAT DO YOU NEED TO OBTAIN AN INTERNSHIP? • Know your academic, professional interests and goals • Research what’s out there • Read up on job descriptions for industries that interest you • Stay connected to the news of your industry • Research companies in your field • Spruce up your documents! • Resume: your first impression • Cover letter: relate it back to the internship’s duties and your interest in the industry and organization • Polish your communication skills • Develop an “elevator pitch” • Practice for the interview process • Know your etiquette
  4. 4. BUILDING YOUR RESUME
  5. 5. BUILDING YOUR RESUME What should go on my resume? It’s not simply a one-page summary of your work experience. Be holistic in what you choose to include, but be cognizant of what the internship is looking for. • Education: Where have you gone to school, what degree(s) are you currently seeking, and what honors and activities have you been a part of? • Volunteer experience: Service to the community is a great way to demonstrate skills such as project management, event planning, and communication with diverse groups, as well as commitment to a cause • Student organizations: Highlighting your leadership! Go beyond simply which organizations you’re a part of, but rather elaborate on particular groups that you’ve made an impact in • Internship and work experience: Choose experiences that are relevant to what the internship is looking for. Having a “full resume” is always helpful. It can go on for pages; choose which “blocks” would fit in best with the internship you’re applying for to provide a one-page summary of how your experience lines up with the position.
  6. 6. BUILDING YOUR RESUME Action words • Use active words, and vary word choice • Ex. Collaborated, taught, extracted, conducted • What did you do? Not simply what were you responsible for Results-based language • Numbers, facts, figures • What have you accomplished as a result of your work? • How did you impact the organization? Relevant coursework • Which courses relate to the skills, tasks, and expertise that this internship requires? Formatting • Get creative, where appropriate! Consider your audience • For any resume: be cognizant of the way that you organize the information. Where will the reader’s eye go first?
  7. 7. BUILDING YOUR RESUME Resume advice is always subjective, but some of my thoughts on the subject include: Avoiding buzzwords • Ex. Innovative, passionate, creative • Show me how you’re innovative (infographic, portfolio) Removing your objective • Differing opinions on this • My view: Takes up valuable space for communicating projects, skills, accomplishments. Show me your objective in what you’ve done, and tell me what you want to do with it Be wart of formatting mistakes and spelling errors • Have 2-3 peers review your resume before you submit it Keep your resume clean and readable
  8. 8. RESUME EXAMPLES
  9. 9. THE COVER LETTER Not always required in an internship application, but a great way to demonstrate your interest in the position and how your skills would make an impact. Formatting • Keep the cover letter to one page • 2-3 paragraphs on your background, interest in the position, and how you will contribute directly Reference the posting! • Hit on specific keywords, tasks, and projects in the internship description • How does your experience fit in? How will you grow as a result of these projects? Do your research • Why do you want to work for this organization? Be sure to touch on this in addition to the internship itself
  10. 10. QUESTIONS? If you have further questions or would like resume help from me: • Office hours: Thursdays, 1-3pm, Olin 209 • Email: kwhite@bsc.edu I also offer mock interviewing services.
  11. 11. REFERENCES Giang, M. (2012, September 28). 12 Of The Coolest, Most Creative Resumes We've Seen. Retrieved February 5, 2015, from http://www.businessinsider.com/unique-creative-resumes-2012- 9?op=1 Owen, J. (2013, May 21). 12 College experiences your resume needs [Infographic]. Retrieved from http://blog.boundless.com/2013/05/12- college-experiences-your-resume-needs-infographic/ The Chronicle of Higher Education (2012). The role of higher education in career development: Employer perceptions. [PowerPoint slides]. Retrieved from https://chronicle.com/items/biz/pdf/Employers%20Survey.pdf

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