If you’re going to take even one minute to apply for a job, commit to getting the offer. Go for it 100% or don’t bother.

Find an ad for a job you’d like to get after you graduate. The ad may come from a newspaper, an internal company posting, or an on-line data base or website. An email from a company describing what they’re looking for would qualify also. Make sure the ad has at least as much depth as the example immediately below. In other words, make sure it describes what the employer is looking for in detail.

Electronics/Robotics Maintenance person – troubleshoot and maintain all equipment in a state-of-the-art assembly plant. Must learn quickly, be dependable, and work well under pressure. Experience and/or degree in electronics/robotics required. Pay commensurate with experience. Send resume to: Diane Carr, Human Resources, Advance Systems, 83 Wright Rd., Janesville, WI 53547

Highlight at least three items on your job ad that you will address in your resume.

Next research the employer. Most of you will do a Google search first. This is a great place to start, but where can you get more information? Consider looking in online newspaper archives for stories about the company. Try finding an annual report to stockholders if the company is publicly held. Ask all your contacts in the industry what they know about the company.

Now that you’ve found the ad and researched the company a bit, let’s build the resume.

There are many effective ways to write a resume. In this lesson we will practice one basic approach. Expectations about resumes differ among professions, so when you start applying for jobs, ask three or more experts in your field to look over your resume and suggest changes. If your experts’ suggestions contradict something in this lesson, trust the experts.

Your resume must say two things:

  1. I’m qualified for the job. Do this by tailoring each resume to the specific job ad. List the qualifications the ad asks for.
  2. I’m smart and capable in general. Do this by making the resume clear and attractive.

Take a look at the following example.

Everything contained in this assignment must be real and true, with one exception—you may pretend that you are done with your current degree program. Everything on the resume must be true.

Using the example as a template, build your resume.  Use the same header you used for your cover letter to create continuity. Submit the job ad and the resume to Blackboard as a single PDF document

Grading criteria:
Sentence flow
Tailored to ad
Overall Persuasiveness