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:  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; be consistent); Address (school and/or permanent); email (use the 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
    Anticipated date of graduation; avoid span dates as that indicates that you attended, but, did not graduate

    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

    Tell the reader the tasks that you completed and the tools that you used
    What were your accomplishments?  Accolades or awards?

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; leadership?  Managerial?  (See verbs listing for additional ideas)

    And listing of skills obtained (see Skills listing)

Power/Action Verbs for your Resume:

ASC Career Services - Action Verbs for Resume Development

Resume samples:  

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Cover Letters

Intro:  A cover letter should be included whenever possible.  Be sure to tailor the cover letter to the specific position to which you are applying.  

Heading, date, salutation

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:  The bridge from you (as represented by your resume) to the position (Job description)

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?


Google it for samples!  Helpful link:

Feel free to send a copy of your cover letter to the Career Services Coordinator for critique.

Thank you Note

Everyone gets a thank you note!  



Divisions:  Resume; letter of introduction; transcripts; summaries of projects/research; writing samples


Obtain unofficial copy from your student portal

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!