Career Search Documents


Your resume should reflect your personality and interests.  In turn, it should show direction within your career path.  This will be evident upon reading about your internships, part-time positions, and students organizations with whom you are involved or volunteer work.  Proofread!  Proofread!  Proofread!  Ask others to proofread your document, and send it to me ( for critique!

Resume Sections

Professional Summary (optional):  2-3 sentences or a few bullet points that summarize your education and experience); in order to keep your resume to one page, this may need to be omitted.  


    Name (Legal Name; for background checks, be consistent); Address (school and/or permanent); email (use the email address that you are going to check most often); Phone (check your voicemail message – is it professional?) Link to your LinkedIn Profile (optional, but, helpful to recruiters)


    The Ohio State University (Columbus, OH)
    Bachelor of Arts or Science; Major:  Economics; add any minors or other fields of study
    Anticipated date of graduation; avoid span dates as that indicates that you attended, but, did not graduate

    Did you attend another institution prior to OSU?  If so, be sure to add that information, too!

    High School – Include only if significant and/or prestigious?  


    Include Employer, Location (city, state), Title, span of employment (-present) please indicate months as many employers will add the months together to calculate your experience (this can bump up your salary too)

    Tell the reader the tasks that you completed and the tools that you used
    What were your accomplishments?  Accolades or awards?
    In lieu of experience, summarize a class project or two

Volunteer, Clubs, Organizations, Involvement/Leadership

    Be sure to include the name of the group (was it here at OSU?) and your role?  Tasks that you completed (did you manage the budget?); time span of involvement


    Technical and non-technical skills; analutical; leadership?  Managerial?  (See verbs listing for additional ideas) See skills testing.

Power/Action Verbs for your Resume:

ASC Career Services - Action Verbs for Resume Development

Resume samples:  

PDF icon Resume Sample 1

PDF icon Resume Sample 2

Cover Letters

A cover letter should be included whenever possible.  This is your opportunity to add detail about your experience and show the employer how well you write!  Be sure to tailor the cover letter to the specific position to which you are applying.  

Analyze the Job Lead
  • Use PDF icon this analysis worksheet to dissect your background, as well as the job lead
  • Status:  Are you available for the entire internship?  Does your graduation date meet that of the job description?  
  • Education:  Is your degree one that is targeted or desired by the employer?
  • Skills:  technical or analytical:  do you have a basic knowledge of any required skills?
  • Experience:  Please note that many employers will count internships for experience
  • Leadership/Involvement:  have you had the opportunity to put your skills to the test? 
Writing Your Cover Letter
     Step One:  Review format of cover letters
     Step Two:  Complete analysis of your qualifications and that of the job lead (see above)
     Step Three:  Begin writing your cover letter
  • Heading, date, salutation or greeting:  if you know the name of the person to whom you are writing, then use it in your greeting; “Dear Hiring Manager” works, too
    Paragraph one:  to what position are you applying?  Where did you see it posted or from whom did you hear about it?  Briefly, how are you qualified?
  • Paragraph two:  Select one or two highlights from the analysis worksheet that create a bridge from you (as represented by your resume) to the position (Job description); add detail and any results; Do you have a summary of a class project or experience (work or otherwise) that you could share?  
  • Paragraph three:  Thank them for their consideration; where can you be contacted?
     Step Four:  Proofread!  Here are some helpful links:  


Google it for samples!  Helpful link:


Thank you Note

Everyone gets a thank you note!  After you meet someone at a career fair, networking event, or interview, be sure to send that person a note of thanks!  Be sure to mention one thing about which you talked!  



Create a portfolio (online or portable) to take with you to your interviews or to post samples of your work! 
Possible Divisions:  Resume; letter of introduction; transcripts; summaries of projects/research; writing samples


Obtain unofficial copy from your student portal  (note:  the Advisor’s Report works, too)

Official copy can be obtained from registrar:


Former supervisors or professors; coaches or student group advisors (be sure to ask them before you include them on your list to give them a heads up).  

Create a separate list!  Do not include on resume!


Dr. Sally Smith, Professor of Economics
The Ohio State University, 317 Arps Hall
1857 N. High St., Columbus, OH  43232; 1-614-292-xxxx
Bob Ryan Estimov, Hockey Coach
Oakwood High School
xxxx Mockingbird Lane
Oakwood, OH  43277

Ask your former supervisors or professors to write a letter of recommendation for you, too!