Write a Resume & Cover Letter


A resume is a physical representation of your skills and accomplishments. It needs to be both impressive in content and flawless in presentation or many employers may be immediately turned off. You generally have less than 30 seconds to grab an employer’s attention enough to want to know more about you.

Resume Approval in Handshake
In order to apply to positions with Mercy’s partner employers in Handshake, your resume must meet certain guidelines. Review the Handshake Resume Approval Guidelines before uploading your resume to Handshake. Resumes that don’t meet the “Must Have” items may not be approved.

Update to Mercy University
It’s time to update your resume! As of August 22, Mercy College is now Mercy University. Current students should update the University’s name on your resume ASAP; it’s important that your resume be accurate and current, especially when employers verify your credentials.
(If you already graduated from Mercy College prior to August 22, 2023, the best practice is to list your institution as Mercy University (Mercy College) to indicate the current and former name.)

Tailor Your Resume
Every job is unique and each will target different skills and experiences you may have. Do not rely on one catch-all resume for every job. Instead, tailor each resume to the specific characteristics of the job to which you are applying.

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Internship Spotlight: Ashley Carrasquillo

By Alexsander Souza

Student Name: Ashley Carrasquillo

Year: Junior

Major: Legal Studies/Paralegal

Career aspirations: Paralegal

Internship Company & Location (city/state): Evan Guthrie Law Firm in Charleston, SC (Remote)

Internship Department: N/A

Internship Semester: Spring 2023

How did you find this …

By Alexsander Souza
Alexsander Souza
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What’s in Your Cover Letter?

  With New York’s phased re-openings underway, many of you may be starting to think about applying to jobs. With those applications however, employers may ask that you write a cover letter. This is a great time for you to showcase …

By Joi Sampson
Joi Sampson Associate Director of Career and Professional Development
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What could you do on a gloomy February day? Apply for summer internships!

The good news is summer will eventually be here – and you are much better off getting a summer internship than staying home or working the same part time job you’ve had since high school… This is your time to experience …

By Mariana Ayerbe
Mariana Ayerbe Deputy Director, Career Education
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Eye tracking study shows recruiters look at resumes for 7 seconds

Career Coaches often stress the importance of having a well organized and targeted resume prepared for your job search.

The reasons include the fact that the resume is your marketing piece and your opportunity to showcase your skills, professional experiences …

By Shannon Hargrove
Shannon Hargrove Director, Career Education & Operations
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A Hiring Manager Talks About the Best Resume he has seen in 20 years

Writing a resume can be a tricky task for many students. A Google search will yield several different templates. Here in the Career Professional Development office, our suggested format was developed using feedback that we received from both employers and …

By Allen Rossetti
Allen Rossetti Senior Career Coach
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