Resumes and Cover Letters

Resumes

体育365A resume is a targeted marketing tool highlighting skills, education, experience, and accomplishments for a particular position and organization. 

Presentation

UNH student writing feedback and notes on her resume during Resume Review Day.
  • Always include name, address, phone number, professional email, and LinkedIn profile.
  • Bullet your descriptions and include accomplishments and skills
  • Tailor the experiences and skills for each specific opportunity you are applying to – a one size fits all resume will be ignored
  • Have both a Word (.doc) and a PDF version of your resume, and follow the employer’s instructions on which format they would prefer.  For more info, read "The Best Resume File Format"
  • When printing your resume, use high quality white or off-white paper
  • For students and new graduates, one page is best; some professions are open to longer resumes
  • Make sure your formatting is consistent throughout the document and that verb tenses match the experience
    • Ex.  Current experience: use present tense (organize, correspond, etc)
    • Previous experience: use past tense (organized, corresponded, etc)

Education

Student having his resume reviewed at UNH in partnership with Career and Professional Success
  • Degree(s), major, university, city, state, month and year of graduation (or anticipated month and year)
  • Include applicable minors, honors, awards, special projects and relevant coursework
  • Include your GPA if it is above average or better (3.0 or higher)

Experience

  • Place experiences most relevant to the job you are applying to under a heading like “Related Experience”
  • You don’t need to have separate sections for paid and unpaid experiences, so include related internships, class projects, research, or volunteer experiences
  • Unrelated experiences, such as summer jobs, can appear under a heading like “Additional Experience”
  • List in reverse chronological order (with the most recent experience first)
  • Other headings to consider include: Leadership, Technical Skills, Lab Skills, Licenses and Certifications, Languages (only if advanced/fluent), Research and Publications, Community Service, Memberships/Affiliations

Emphasize

  • Be specific in your descriptions and quantify accomplishments using action verbs, superlatives and numbers (e.g., "Effectively collaborated with a team of diverse professionals," “Only student rep. on the sub-committee,” “Trained 8 lifeguards,” “Supervised a caseload of 6 clients”)
  • Use verbs to showcase specific and transferable skills you have acquired in and out of the classroom
  • Remove all personal pronouns (no “I” or “my”)

References

  • References should not be included on the resume itself
  • Create a separate reference page listing 3 or 4 people, with their contact information, who have supervised your work (employer, professor, advisor)
  • Bring the reference sheet to the interview
  • Always contact your references before listing them ― you do not want them to be surprised by a call from an employer
  • Use LinkedIn to request “recommendations” by supervisors or colleagues you are connected to (once you have at least one recommendation, you can add “for immediate recommendations, please see (insert your LinkedIn url)” to your resume

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UNH's College of Engineering and Physical Science has developed resumes with industry experts for students

CEPS Resume Templates

UNH's College of Health and Human Services has expert resume templates developed for students to download and build off of

CHHS Resume Templates

UNH's College of Liberal Arts have expertly developed resume templates for students to download

COLA Resume Templates

UNH's College of Life Sciences and Agriculture has developed resumes for students to use as templates

COLSA Resume Templates

UNH's Paul College of Business and Economics resume templates have been cultivated with the support of industry experts for students to use

PAUL Resume Templates

 
UNH's Career and Professional Success has assembled resume templates for federal jobs

Federal Resume Templates

Leadership

  • Exhibit self-motivation and a positive attitude
  • Motivate individuals and groups to perform
  • Encourage effective teamwork with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Design and implement plans of action
  • Set goals and follow-through
  • Assess and evaluate situations effectively
  • Manage time efficiently and effectively through scheduling and prioritizing
  • Handle multiple demands for commitment of time, energy, and resources
  • Identify critical issues quickly and accurately
  • Meet the needs of both the organization and the employees when possible
  • Use integrity in decision-making

Program Administration

  • Interpret rules and regulations
  • Analyze data and information
  • Create innovative solutions to complex problems
  • Ensure that tasks are completed on time
  • Prioritize daily workload

Information Management

  • Research, investigate, and compile information
  • Synthesize facts, concepts, and principles
  • Compile, sort, and interpret data
  • Identify and combine a variety of resource materials into final copy
  • Formulate relevant questions and develop ways to supply and clarify answers
  • Communicate facts and ideas clearly both orally or in writing
  • Manage a budget and keep accurate financial records

Creativity

  • Solve problems creatively, logically, and practically
  • Write interesting and clear articles, reports, etc.
  • Design culturally sensitive activities to engage participants
  • Market and display products to appeal to target audience
  • Create visually intriguing and skilled designs, displays, or works of art
  • Demonstrate convincing public speaking or acting skills

Interpersonal Communications

  • Exercise "give and take" to achieve group results
  • Display understanding of, and respect for, people from diverse backgrounds
  • Understand and work within the group culture
  • Listen actively and attentively
  • Delegate tasks and responsibilities
  • Discuss cultural differences and issues openly
  • Interpret behavior and emotional patterns in individuals and groups
  • Teach, supervise, and train others using easy-to-understand concepts and hands-on experience
  • Conduct in-depth interviews
  • Express ideas and thoughts based on facts
  • Mediate conflict with tact and diplomacy

Personal Development

  • Instill self-confidence and self-esteem in others
  • Demonstrate flexibility and commitment to change and learning
  • Learn the value of hard work and persistence
  • Recognize and appropriately address bias in self and others

Cultural Competency

  • Enhanced cultural awareness, sensitivity to customs, and cultural differences
  • Increased self-confidence, initiative, and independence
  • Adapted to a new culture and environment
  • Functioned with a high level of ambiguity
  • Interacted effectively with people from diverse backgrounds

Communication

           
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Arranged
Ascertained
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Authored

Briefed
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Critiqued
Dedicated
Defined
Developed
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Educated
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Explained
Formulated
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Moderated
Negotiated
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Questioned
Reconciled
Referred
Reinforced
Reported
Represented
Shaped
Spoke
Solicited

Suggested
Summarized
Supported
Translated
Wrote

Management

           

Administered
Analyzed
Anticipated
Appointed
Assessed
Assigned
Attained

Certified
Chaired
Commissioned
Compared
Contracted
Consolidated
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Delegated
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Reviewed
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Scheduled

Strategized
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Studied
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Clerical/Detail

           
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Adjusted
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Approved
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Assembled
Assessed
Authorized
Cataloged
Centralized
Charted
Classified
Collected
Compiled
Confirmed
Contracted
Designated
Dispatched
Drafted
Edited
Established
Executed
Facilitated
Generated
Implemented
Incorporated
Inspected
Issued
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Obtained
Ordered
Operated
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Prepared
Processed

Procured
Programmed
Purchased
Recorded
Rectified
Retrieved
Scheduled
Screened

Secured
Simplified
Specified
Suggested
Systematized 
Tracked

Teaching

           

Adapted
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Clarified
Coached
Communicated

Conducted
Coordinated
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Encouraged
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Taught

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Creative

           
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Conceptualized
Created

Customized
Designed
Developed
Directed
Displayed

Drew
Entertained
Established
Fashioned
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Founded
Illustrated
Initiated
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Integrated

Introduced
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Modeled
Modified
Originated

Performed
Planned
Revised
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Shaped

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Helping

           
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Accommodated
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Assessed

Assisted
Assured
Bolstered
Clarified
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Counseled
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Eased
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Technical

           
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Assembled
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Built
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Compiled
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Conserved
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Dispensed
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Maximized
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Overhauled
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Remodeled
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Research

           
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Clarified
Collected
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Defined
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Diagnosed
Dissected
Deteriorated
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Extracted
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Organized

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Recorded
Reviewed
Sorted
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Surveyed
Systematized
Tabulated
Tested 
Validated

 

Financial

           
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Adjusted
Allocated
Analyzed
Appraised
Audited
Balanced
Budgeted
Calculated
Computed
Conserved
Corrected
Disseminated
Determined
Developed
Estimated
Exchanged
Forecasted
Managed
Marketed
Measured 
Planned
Programmed
Projected
Reconciled
Reduced
Researched
Retrieved

Accomplishment

           
Achieved
Accelerated
Completed
Expanded
Exceeded
Founded
Improved
Inspired
Pioneered
Reduced (losses)
Resolved (issues)
Restored
Spearheaded
Succeeded
Surpassed
Transformed
Won    

 


Cover Letters

A cover letter emphasizes your interest in a specific position and employer. Your resume is providing the who, what, when, where for employers, the cover letter provides the why. Showcases how your background matches the needs of the employer. Cover letters are not long ― A half-page, 3 paragraphs, is best. All cover letters should be individually created for a specific job ― Do not use generic templates. It’s okay to get personal and provide examples of life experiences if they strongly highlight why you are a great fit for the role. Just remember, while personal information can help you stand out, you do not want to tell someone your whole life story, so use good judgment 

Presentation

  • Use simpledirect language and correct grammar
  • Letters should be flawless ― no typos or spelling errors
  • Single-space your letters and put in business letter format (add your heading, the date, who it’s going to, etc.)
  • If printed, use high-quality, white or off-white paper - match resume paper
  • Online/email submission, save and send as a PDF
Image of Jane Doe's example cover letter template for UNH students to use

Cover Letter Samples