Resume and Cover Letter Workshop Recap

Article by Tatiana Miranda | esPResso Committee Member

Summer is around the corner, so that means INTERNSHIPS (or jobs for you graduating seniors)! At one of our last meetings, the PRSSA eboard held a workshop and gave members advice on crafting resumes and cover letters. In case you missed out, Marist PRSSA offers these tips to keep in mind when working to applying jobs:

Resumes and cover letters can be tedious, but they’re necessary if you want to land that gig. When developing your resume, it is important to make sure that you use a format that is clean, organized, and easy to read. Depending on what you are studying and what position you are applying for, you can showcase your creativity and add unique style to your resume. For beginners just starting out we recommend heading over to the Marist Careers Services office on the third floor of the Library, or going online to Marist Foxquest. Here you can send in your resume and have it evaluated online, or you can set up an appointment to meet with a counselor.

The online site for Marist Career Services also has a page that gives great insight on how to develop your resume, and what to include and exclude. The site additionally offers different resume templates for you to utilize as a starting point if you’re unsure where to begin. It is generally recommended that resumes are only one page. If you have a lot of information and are not sure what to exclude to make room for new experiences, examine any high school things taking up space and get rid of whatever is unnecessary. When describing your job experience, make sure to use an action verb to make your writing sound stronger. Also understand that there is a difference between “related experience”, and “employment”, and that you can list all of your internships/jobs in chronological order or divide them between related experience and employment.

Cover letters may seem challenging, but once you learn how to craft them they are very straightforward and are only one page. Once you have a basic outline of a cover letter you can use the same one for most jobs you apply for, with personalized added content relevant to that job/company. This is an opportunity for internship coordinators and employers to see what you can bring to their companies outside of what is just on your resume. The best people to speak to about how to write a cover letter or to get a second pair of eyes to look over your cover letter are career services center counselors and Gerry McNulty and Sara Nowlin in the Communications Internship office on the main floor of Lowell Thomas. Here you will find templates, advice, and basic tips on how to develop or improve your cover letter.

One of the requirements of being a Communications major is to take a one-credit class called Career Development. Here they will teach you how to create a resume, cover letter, elevator speech, LinkedIn profile, and more to help you plan for your career ahead. This is a class you usually take your sophomore year, although it can vary for some. Keep in mind that in general every professor’s recommended resume style and format will differ slightly, so do not be alarmed if your materials do no look like someone else’s. Take advice from different sources, and craft your resume and cover letter in a way that you prefer. Do your thing, and kick butt doing it! And don’t worry -you will get that summer internship and the rest will follow!

Communications Internship Director: Gerry McNulty

● You can drop by his office hours or even make an appointment

● Link to Appointment Sign-Up: http://bit.ly/1r2sJ5N

● Office Location: Across from Communication office in Lowell Thomas (Main Floor)

Office hours:
Drop In

Mon, Wed 2:30 – 4:30
Thu 9:30 – 12:00

By Appointment
Mon-Wed, Fri 9:30 – 12:00 Tue, Thu-Fri 2:30 – 4:30

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