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Career Research & Resources: Resumes and Cover Letters

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Resume Guidelines

These guidelines are from MCC's Career Services office.

Call or email the office to set up an appointment for one-on-one career help.

Most resumes contain the same basic elements:

  • Contact information - Name (large/bold font), address, phone number, professional email address, 
  • Professional profile or summary of skills - Bullet format, use strong action words (Click here for some great examples)
  • Education -  Name and location of school or institution, degree/certificate you received (or are working towards)
  • Experience -  Start with most recent job, include title and date(s) of employment, list job duties (use strong action words)
  • Activities or honors - Optional, avoid listing hobbies, include any scholarships or awards
  • Skills - Include other languages spoken, technical or leadership skills

 

TIP: Microsoft Word has resume templates that allow you
to choose a layout and simply enter your information.

As an MCC student, you can download Microsoft Office 365 for free. Get started here.

 

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Cover Letter Guidelines

These guidelines are from MCC's Career Services office.

Call or email the office to set up an appointment for one-on-one career help.

The purpose of a cover letter is not just to summarize your resume, but to persuade the hiring manager to look at your resume. Your cover letter should contain the following basic elements:

  • Heading - Placed at top left, includes date and address of employer with hiring manager's name and title
  • Opening - Include how you found out about the open position and why you're qualified for it
  • Body -  Connect the requirements for the position and your past experiences, give specific examples of experiences and accomplishments
  • Closing sentence - Thank employer for their consideration
  • Signature - Close with "Sincerely" then type your full name (Once it's printed, sign your name in pen, above your typed name)

 

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Sample Resume

Sample resume from MCC's Career Services office

Sample Cover Letters