Resume and Cover Letter


A recruiter spends, on average, less than 10 seconds scanning a resume, so you must hook the employer immediately by focusing on how you can help meet their business needs.

The purpose of a resume is to provide a summary of your experience, skills, and unique qualifications that introduces you to employers. It should capture highlights that set you apart, not tell your life story. A resume helps you secure an interview, not the job itself.

Your goal is to create a visually appealing, concise, easy-to-read, informative, and compelling resume. Tailor your resume to the job for which you are applying, with specific skills and qualifications relevant to each position.

When applying for roles, it’s good practice to also include a cover letter, even when it’s not required. A cover letter provides the opportunity for you to further explain your interest in the role and why you are a good fit.

If you need assistance with creating or improving your resume and cover letters, contact Career Services at 630-844-5403,, or via Handshake.