Resume Tips
A resume is your sales pitch to potential employers
A resume says that you are a first-rate candidate for the job, you can contribute to their organization and that you deserve and interview to describe in person why and how.
Multiple resources are available through the One Stop Centers. Begin with this online guide for the basics, so when you meet with someone about your resume, you will be familiar with the types of information you need to create a resume and cover letter so you can be hired for the job you are seeking.
Common sections in a resume include:
  • Contact information - Name, address, telephone number and email address
  • Profile - which is really a summary of your skills. If you do not have in-depth skills for the position, it may be better to have a Job Objective that in one sentence says what you can do in the position for which you are applying.
  • Education - List of school, place, degree and years in each school. This section can follow experience, or precede it, depending on your level of experience for the position.
  • Experience - This can also be called Work History. It is a listing of previous employers or experience with dates, name of company and job titles or duties.
  • Skills and Accomplishments - If the work history does not match your skills, this is a way to present your training specific to the available position. Other skills, such as a foreign language, hobby or community work is acceptable in this section as well.
Work with a person skilled in resumes to decide which order these sections should appear. There is staff available at the MAWIB One Stop Centers to assist you. Click here to find a One Stop Center near you.
A resume should be:
  • Concise - Fewer words, no more than one page, unless you have extensive experience that qualifies you for the job. This means, don't include personal information such as race, religion, marital status or anything that is not related to the position.
  • Honest - Exaggeration on the resume will only come out in the interview.
  • Attractive - More than the words on the page, the layout should include words in bold, bullet-points and well spaced so it does not appear crammed onto one page. As a final touch, make sure it is typed, spell checked and printed on high-quality paper. White or beige paper is fine with a matching envelope.
Cover Letter Tips
A cover letter introduces your resume and makes a lasting first impression. There are some important parts to the cover letter:
  • Your address
  • The date
  • Name and address of the person or organization receiving the letter and resume
  • Greeting
  • Paragraph that briefly explains why you are writing
  • Paragraph that summarizes how your skills relate to a specific job or benefit the organization
  • Final paragraph asks for a reply to the letter or an interview
  • Closing such as "Sincerely" with your name and space to sign the letter above where your name is typed.
Information on interviewing and samples of winning resumes can be requested by sending an email to MAWIB at info@mawib.org.