Your resume is one of many tools to help you express your interest in specific job and internship opportunities. The purpose is to provide a snapshot of your education and experiences, giving the recruiter a concise picture of what you have to offer.
A resume generally has three sections: Education, Experience and Additional Information. In certain circumstances, a fourth Summary or Objective section may be included.
There are several basic types of resumes used to apply for job openings. Depending on your personal circumstances, choose a chronological or a functional format.
A chronological resume starts by listing your educational qualifications (degree/s), work history, with the most recent listed first. Your jobs are listed in reverse chronological order with your current or most recent job, first. Employers typically prefer this type of resume because it's easy to see your highest qualification and your employment history.
A functional resume focuses on your skills and experience, rather than on your chronological education and work history. It is used most often by people who have lots of relevant work experiences, or are changing careers and need to emphasize their skills and aptitudes, or who have gaps in their employment history.
General Resume Tips
Write an Effective Cover Letter Your cover letter is a writing sample and a part of the screening process. By putting your best foot forward, you can increase your chances of being interviewed. A good way to create a response-producing cover letter is to highlight your skills or experiences that are most applicable to the job or industry and to tailor the letter to the specific organization you are applying to. Some general rules about letters: