A section by section guide to writing your résumé
Let's start with your résumé:
A résumé is a marketing tool. It should portray your unique qualifications, help you stand out from other candidates, and make an employer want to meet you in person. It is your advertisement to help you obtain an interview.
The effective résumé packet contains helpful tips, verbiage, and a basic layout for you to follow.
Keep in mind that prospective employers will spend less than 30 seconds reviewing your résumé. You must keep it clear, concise, and focused on the information that will sell you best.
Prepare your résumé now:
- Create your résumé and print it
- Bring it to MCC Career Services and have it reviewed by a Career Services Specialist
Do you need a cover letter?
The purpose of the cover letter is to introduce yourself to an organization, demonstrate your interest in the company or a specific vacancy, draw attention to your résumé and motivate the reader to interview you.
Often this letter is the first contact you have with a prospective employer. Your cover letter may make the difference between obtaining a job interview or having your résumé ignored, so it makes good sense to devote the necessary time and effort to writing an effective cover letter. Don’t simply repeat what’s on your résumé -- rather, include specific information on why you’re a strong match for the employer’s job requirements. Think of your cover letter as a sales pitch that will market your credentials and help you get the interview.
If you are not sure where to start with your cover letter, download our worksheet to help you get started.
Once you finish your cover letter, if you would like one of our advisors to review it, please call the front desk at 480-461-7592 to set up an appointment.
We have all heard that first impressions really do count. That is why it is important to make a positive, convincing first impression when beginning an interview.
If you are preparing for a job interview:
- PRACTICE by asking us for a mock interview! Make an appointment with a Career Services Specialist. Practice how you will answer basic interview questions, and receive constructive feedback.
- PREPARE your elevator speech using our Branding Yourself worksheet. Your elevator speech communicates who you are, what you're looking for, and how you can benefit a company or organization.
- Dress For Interview Success - Everything you need to know about dressing for an interview.