Resume and Cover Letter Building


Knowing the basics of crafting a quality resume is an essential lifelong skill. Resumes help you tell your career story, and demonstrate how your experiences, strengths, and skills fit the needs of a particular opportunity. Given this, you should tailor your resume to each job that you are applying for and highlight the specific skills that are needed for that job.

Your resume should always include your name and contact information, your UNCA education, and any relevant experience that you want to highlight. When adding your experiences, remember to avoid paragraphs of text, and instead use bullet points to highlight the tasks you completed and things you accomplished.

Resume bullet points should include an action verb + the task you did + the tool you used + the people involved + the goal or result
When including experiences, you will always include bullet points that highlight what you did in that role. These bullet points are what we call “action statements.” Well-written action statements say what you did in the role while providing more context and highlighting your skills. Tip: Quantify and use numbers whenever possible to demonstrate the impact you made. Numbers make sense to people and help you stand out.

The formatting of your document is just as important as the content. Usually your resume should be one page in length and organized cleanly for ease of reading and finding key information. It’s important to make sure that your formatting is consistent and not distracting. Each industry has different expectations for resume design, but most fields prefer resumes that limit or omit the use of color, pictures, unique fonts, graphics, or flashy templates. For some examples of standardized resume formats check out the following examples: Example 1, Example 2

There are many different ways to organize your document and highlight different experiences based on your field and the positions you apply for. Connect with the Career Center to learn more about how to make your resume feel authentic to you, while still helping you stand out.

Check out our Resume Guide for more helpful tips

Resume Guide

Cover Letters

While your resume provides more information about your specific skills and experience, your cover letter provides an opportunity for you to focus on why. Cover letters allow you to tell your story and introduce yourself in a more personal way. This should focus on what interests you in the role and organization, as well as how your experience relate to the position. This provides you with a unique way to demonstrate your enthusiasm, sell your skills, and help employers learn more about your passions. Given this, each cover letter should be written to each position you apply for and personalized for that employer.

Check out our Cover Letter Guide for more helpful tips

Cover Letter Guide

Document Review Submission Form

Need your documents reviewed, but don’t have time to visit the Career Center? We have an online submission form for you to submit your documents and receive feedback via email. Please note that it can take up to 3 business days for us to send our feedback to you. Plan ahead for any deadlines!

Submit Your Resume or Cover Letter for Review

Need more help?

Visit us during drop-ins M-F 12:00-3:00 in the Student Success Hub in Ramsey Library, or

Schedule an appointment with a Career Coach.