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Everything you need to create a top-notch job application

Thank you to those who came out to our résumé writing workshop this week! We had a lot of great questions about algorithms on job sites, and how to get your application noticed. It’s not always easy, but watch this 12-minute video for some inspiration.

Why your job applications are getting annoyed | TedX

Still stuck? Browse our tips for perfecting your résumé and cover letter, or connect to the Sitka Campus Student Success Center for one-on-one feedback!

What is a résumé?

A résumé is a short document summarizing your professional background, skills and education. Additionally, resumes can sometimes outline your career objectives, accomplishments, certifications, and volunteer work.
(Source: Indeed)

What should I include on my résumé?


Name & contact information

Relevant work & volunteer experience

Concise descriptions, keywords, and measurables

Education & certifications

Relevant skills & mastery

(Source: 6 Universal Rules for Resume Writing | Indeed)


Grammar & spelling mistakes

⛔ Headshot photo

⛔ Race, nationality, age, marital status, sexual orientation, religion, etc.

⛔ Full address; city and state are sufficient

⛔ Past salary, desired salary

⛔ References

(Source: 15 Things You Should Not Include on Your Resume | TopResume)

What is a cover letter?

A cover letter is how you introduce yourself to employers when you apply for a job. You want it to be strong, succinct, and make a good first impression.

A cover letter allows you to go into more detail than your resume allows, explains gaps in you your employment history or need for a career change, and make a case as to why you would be a great fit for the position. (Source: Monster)

What should I include in my cover letter?


✅ Name & contact information

✅ Your top-selling points

✅ Thank the reader for his/her time and consideration

✅ Follow-up instructions



(Source: Cover Letter Mistakes You Should Avoid | Monster)


⛔ Too long. Do aim for one page

⛔ Too vague. Do use your experience to back up why you’re the best candidate

⛔ Repeating your resume word-for-word

⛔ Weak openings

⛔ Too many “I” statements

(Source: Cover Letter Mistakes You Should Avoid | Monster)



Career Development Series: Job Applications is sponsored by the UAS Sitka Title III Complete to Compete Grant.