University of Texas at El Paso
Resume Information    

On your resume, your name should be the first thing on the page, at the top, with your address and phone number underneath. The rest of your resume should be divided into distinct sections with appropriate headings (in capital letters and either boldface or italicized) and should be lined up on the left margin. Skip lines between each entry.

The choice of headings differs from person to person, but it is a good idea to include the following:

  • WORK EXPERIENCE (can be divided into professional and volunteer experience)

For a recent graduate, the PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE section may be rather short, so you should pay close attention to using active words and detail to make the most of what you have. Remember, just listing your job history is not enough; you need to demonstrate your qualifications by describing your responsibilities in detail.


Prepare your resume using MS Word

Using MS Word anyone can build a resume. It is very easy to input the individual information in the places indicated. Here is the process:

  • Click on Start
  • Click on New Office Document
  • Click on Other Documents
  • Pick a Resume Style or Resume Wizard

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Cover Letter Information    

Cover letters are used to apply directly for a position you are interested in or to employers for whom you want to work. A cover letter should arouse interest in your qualifications for the position and create the desire to meet you in person, resulting in an interview.

A cover letter should be addressed to the specific employer and the specific individual who will process your application. You can usually find this information through internet research or simply by calling the employer. The letter should name the position for which you are applying and also make specific references to the organization. Indicate your knowledge of, and interest in, the work they are currently doing, and your qualifications for the position.


You want the reader to know...

why you want to work at that specific organization,


why you fit with them,


how you qualify for the position for which you are applying.



The cover letter also should...

highlight the most important and relevant accomplishments, skills, and experience listed in your resume,


point to the resume in some way ("as detailed in the enclosed resume"),


request specific follow up, such as an interview.


A cover letter should be in paragraph form (save bulleted lists for your resume) with a conversational, though formal, tone. Following the style of a business letter, you should include the date, your address, and telephone number at the beginning of the letter.

The first paragraph should be brief, perhaps two or three sentences, stating...

what job you are applying for and how you learned about it,


any personal contacts you have in or with the company,


your general qualifications for the job.


The body of your letter should consist of one to three longer paragraphs in which you expand upon your qualifications for the position. Pick out the most relevant qualifications listed in your resume and discuss them in detail, demonstrating how your background and experience qualify you for the job. Be as specific as possible, and refer the reader to your resume for additional details.

The concluding paragraph of your letter should request an interview (or some other response, as appropriate). State where and when you can be reached, and express your willingness to come to an interview or supply further information. Close by thanking your reader for his or her time and consideration.

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