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Fisher Campus Center
Second Floor - Room 211 
Hot Springs, AR 71913

Phone: 501 760 4243
Fax: 501 760 4236
careerservices@npcc.edu

 

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Resumes & Cover Letters


Having an effective resume can greatly increase your chance of getting the job you want.
A cover letter tailored to the specific job for which you are applying is critical.


PARTS OF A RESUME

Heading (always)
   • Name and contact information (full name, address, phone, and email)

Education (always)
   • List degrees, most recent first

Experience
   • List most recent first
   • Use bulleted statements
   • Start statements with action words

Activities (optional)
   • List relevant activities and leadership positions first
   • Add details to demonstrate experience and skills
   • Include honors and awards

Skills
   • Highlight your skills (i.e., computer hardware/software, foreign language proficiencies, etc
   • Include level of proficiency (i.e., beginner, intermediate, etc.)
   • List any certifications

References
   • Request permission before adding someone as a reference
   • References should be listed on a separate page formatted to match your resume

Sample Student Resume        Sample Functional Resume        Sample Reference Page

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PARTS OF A COVER LETTER

Heading (always)
   • Same as Resume

First Paragraph
   • Mention the job title
   • Tell how you heard about the position
   • State your belief that your skills fit the job description

Second Paragraph
   • Summarize how your experience, education, and personal qualities prepare you for the position

Third Paragraph
   • Reiterate your interest in the position
   • Specify the next steps -- request a personal meeting, etc
   • Thank the employer for their consideration

Sample Cover Letter