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Resume Templates

There are a lot of templates available on Word but here are a few to get you started. 

Resume Tips

Resumes usually consist of personal information, skills, education and training, work history, awards or certification, and volunteer or other activities.

Formatting - make consistent and watch for errors and typos.

1. What have you done and accomplished. Be specific and describe the tasks in detail. 

2. When you state skills, use action verbs. 

3. Resumes are usually two pages max but don't feel you have to fill that and also don't cut too much out to fit within those limits. 

4. Too busy or distracting, it needs to be revised if it is hard on the eyes and not straightforward.

5. Double-check everything before sending. Contact information and dates. 

6. Prioritize each resume. For example, if one job you are applying to is more computer-focused, lead with your tech skills. If another, is more about filing and inputting data, highlight your organizational skills. Move related skills to the top of the section. 

7. Gather your facts. Dates from previous jobs, correct names from professional organizations, and correct contact for references. 

8. Create a list of professional attributes. Ex: organized, and good customer service skills. Create a list of your skills. Ex: Fluent in Lakota, 


Cover Letter Templates

There are a lot of templates available on Word but here are a few to get you started.

Cover Letter Tips

The cover letter should be one page. Use the same font and font size you used for your resume. 

  • Where are you contacting? Make sure to add the company name and position you are interested in. 
  • Why are you contacting the company? Be clear, brief, and direct. 
  • What is it about the company that appeals to you. Praise the company.
  • Who are you? List your accomplishments and what makes you unique.
  • How do you fit into their company? List qualifications but don't repeat what is on your resume.
  • When are you hoping to hear from them. Thank them and state you look forward to meeting them or hearing from them soon. 

In-person Interview Tips

  1. Wear a mask for everyone's safety 
  2. Check company in-person procedures ahead of time -- you may need more time for temperature checks 
  3. Have a few copies of your resume 
  4. Make sure your interview outfit is clean 
  5. Avoid shaking hands to avoid the spread of germs
  6. Make good eye contact
  7. Prepare a few questions that you'd like to ask 

Virtual Interview Tips

  1. Test your technology ahead of time  
  2. Have your resume available for quick reference
  3. Make sure your interview outfit is clean
  4. Make eye contact by looking at the camera on your phone or laptop
  5. Prepare a few questions that you'd like to ask 

Overall Interview Tips

1. Be clear, brief, and direct when answering questions. Don't ramble. 

2. Give examples of what you can do. Answer questions about duties, be specific about the experience. 

3. Honesty is important. If you don't have a skill or experience be upfront, maybe you have relatable skills. 

4. Don't cross the line, by sharing too much. Maintain professionalism. 

5. Ask attention-catching questions.  Research the company and the job applying for. 

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