• Unit 2: The Key Components of a Resume and Cover Letter

    Now that you have an understanding of the basic function of a professional resume, you can focus on the key components of a resume in greater detail. In this unit, you will study the kinds of content and categories often included on a resume and learn how the arrangement of these components can change based on the information and accomplishments you wish to emphasize to a potential employer. You will consider which categories you would like to include on your own resume, and then you will draft your resume by listing your major accomplishments, professional skills, and other pertinent information in an organized manner under these categories. In addition, you will draft a cover letter to accompany your resume. Finally, you will explore some common design elements frequently used on a resume and learn about simple techniques for effectively formatting and styling a resume. By doing so, you will lay the groundwork for polishing your resume in Unit 3.

    Completing this unit should take you approximately 1.5 hours.