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Resumes and Cover Letters

Your resumé is an "advertisement" for yourself. It should make an employer interested enough to want to interview you.

An effective cover letter will offer a glimpse of you that is positive and relevant to the position and employer you are applying to. It should be brief and motivate the reader to look at your resumé.

An effective resumé will highlight what you have (education, skills, achievements, experience, etc.) that is relevant to what the employer needs. You don't need to tell them everything;  just what matters.

Share enough that the employer wants to interview you. Most of all, don't expect the employer to figure out what is relevant. Make it easy for them to pick you out from the crowd and you'll find yourself called to interviews more often.

Optimal Resume is the newest resource in our ongoing assistance to Sheridan students and Alumni.  It is a toolbox of resources, which include modules that explore preparing resumes, developing portfolios, and practicing interview techniques, to name a few. Log on to create your on-line account today using your Sheridan email address and access these resources  whenever you need them. Click the image on the right to access this tool.
 Optimal Resume

How can the Career Centre help?

An Employment Advisor can critique your resumé or cover letter. It is not a drop-off service but rather an interactive consultation. You will need to develop at least a rough draft to show the Employment Advisor. If you can bring a sample job posting of the type of work you are seeking that will be helpful. Come by during whichever drop-in time suits your schedule.

The Career Centre also has a wide range of reference books on resumés and cover letters as well as a collection of samples we have developed specific to each academic school (Business, Community & Liberal Studies, Applied Computing & Engineering, Arts & Applied Design).

For more detail on this service/topic, see FAQs. For additional resources:
  • check out many immediately useful links in the online resources section 
  • view and print a variety of related Career Centre documents in the downloads section
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