• Unit 2: Key Components of a Résumé and Cover Letter

    Now, let's focus on the key components your résumé should contain in greater detail. What consider the categories do you wish to include to highlight your major accomplishments, professional skills, and other pertinent information? How should you organize these components to showcase your abilities to a potential employer? In this unit, we examine common design elements and simple techniques to format and style your résumé. After all the effort you have put into your résumé, you want your target audience to read it! You should include an effective cover letter to accompany your résumé. This unit provides helpful information to formulate this important marketing tool.

    Completing this unit should take you approximately 2 hours.

    • 2.1: Anatomy of a Résumé

      In this section, we discuss the information you will use to identify yourself to your reader and the specific purpose of your job search. As we discussed in the last unit, your résumé does more than summarize your work and educational history; it is a powerful marketing tool that can get you that interview. Each component of the résumé has a function, and its effect on the reader should be informative and positive. As you study, keep your audience in mind. Is your résumé targeted appropriately to meet the needs of your selected potential employers?

    • 2.2: Cover Letters

      You should always include a cover letter with your résumé to help you stand out among other job candidates who are applying for the job. Think of your cover letter as another marketing tool to get attention and entice the reader to look at your résumé. It provides an introduction, a glimmer into your personality, and invites the reader to explore your credentials further.
    • 2.3: What is a Portfolio?

      Many job candidates create a digital portfolio (or ePortfolio) to highlight their work experience and abilities in a more visual way, such as with examples of photographs, images, architectural design work, and other visual material they have created. An effective digital portfolio will set your CV apart from others.

      For example, artists use their résumé or CV as a platform to highlight their creativity, design skills, and help make their job application stand out, especially for positions that require artistic and design capabilities.

    • Unit 2 Assessment