Resume and Cover Letter
A resume and cover letter are important components of the Orica
Global Graduate Program selection process. Sometimes, the resume and
cover letter are the first introduction a recruiter might have to you
along with your online application. We have compiled a few
recommendations to consider when writing your resume and cover letter.
- Include your preferred contact information
- Ensure your basic details are correct as this is how we will
contact you. Make sure your email address, current residential address
and phone number are all correct.
- Include a link to any on-line tools that highlight you and your
professional /academic accomplishments – web page, LinkedIn profile,
- Create a clear, concise, specific objective statement that states the type of position you’re looking to obtain
- This statement can include the skills you want to utilize,
the tasks you want to become involved with, and/or an area within a
company you want to work
- Include any work experience you’ve had
- Even if you don’t think your work experience is relevant to
the role you might be performing on the Orica Graduate Program, chances
are it probably is. Make sure you include all your work experience
regardless of what type of work or industry it’s in.
- Make sure you are including your key accomplishments in each of
these areas (more on key accomplishments and leadership in the next
- Key accomplishments – don’t be shy about telling us your achievements to date
- These can come from one or multiple contexts; your work
experience, significant class projects, sports teams, university
associations, external clubs, arts and music interest groups etc
- Leadership experience– include any references to organizing,
recruiting, leading, training and motivating your classmates, members of
the community, professors, co-workers while involved with
- Look and feel – Be proud of what you submit. Make sure your formatting, font, colors , and alignment are all consistent
- Tell us about the skills and attributes you have that would be advantageous for the Graduate Program.
- Skills can be gained from coursework, jobs, extra-curricular experience, certificates, honors, awards, and interests
- State clearly why you are interested in Orica and our Graduate Program
- Highlight a few of your achievements you’ve had over the time you’ve spent at university.
- These could be leadership, academic or sporting achievements or exchanges you’ve done.
- Mention how you found out about the opportunity, any current
employees you’ve met with and discussed the opportunity, if applicable
to your situation
For both documents
- Quality check your work – review your resume and cover letter
- Are there any misspelled words, punctuation errors, sentences that don’t make sense?
- Have someone else review your work too.
- Convert your documents to a PDF format
- There are several free on-line services available
- Converting to a PDF file, will ensure your formatting does not change when you attach and submit
We hope this information is helpful as you prepare your resume and cover
letter. The risk to not heeding these recommendations is a resume and
cover letter that doesn’t catch the attention of a recruiter.
And for good measure, consider a few other tips:
- Accurately represent yourself in your resume and cover letter – we like honest people
- Leverage your career services office for resume and cover letter
writing support – they are a great resource to get you started, help
you get “unstuck” and review your work
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