• Course Introduction

        • Time: 5 hours
        • Free Certificate
        If you are entering the job market or pursuing a job or career change, you should create a professional résumé to provide potential employers with a brief account of your work, educational, and personal qualifications. For most job applications you should also include a cover letter to market your unique strengths for a specific position.

        In this course we explore techniques to help you construct a résumé and cover letter, to help you stand out among other job candidates. We study several formats you can apply to various situations and help you assess your professional skills so you can be more competitive in today's job market. Finally, we discuss how to turn an average résumé and cover letter into a polished and effective marketing tool.

        First, read the course syllabus. Then, enroll in the course by clicking "Enroll me in this course". Click Unit 1 to read its introduction and learning outcomes. You will then see the learning materials and instructions on how to use them.

      • Unit 1: Introduction to the Résumé

        In this unit, we discuss the function and purpose of a professional résumé. We explore three traditional résumé formats: a conventional résumé, functional or skills-based résumé, and chronological résumé. We also look at examples of CVs to help you present your credentials to potential employers in the academic world or other positions that require a different type of résumé called a curriculum vitae (CV). You will notice that the type of résumé you choose depends largely on what you want to market about yourself and who your audience is.

        Completing this unit should take you approximately 1 hour.