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Preparing for Registration

When you register as a candidate for the Oshkosh Placement Exchange, you will be asked to upload a cover letter and resume to our site. Review the following tips and see some samples of other’s work to help guide your efforts. These written documents are employers first impression of you as a candidate.

Everyone has varying styles in how they craft their resumes and cover letters. Consider how best to sell your skills and abilities for the given job posting(s). You can never have your materials reviewed by enough people; solicit lots of feedback and determine what works for you.  We recommend a career service office, a mentor, a professional already in the field etc. to review your application and OPE materials.

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  • Keep your materials detailed, yet succinct, and abide by the word limit.
  • Utilize intentional, strong wording to market your skills and unique experiences that may set you apart from others while still being true to who you are.
  • List a diverse range of responsibilities, skills, talents, and involvement areas.
  • Write several versions of materials and have them read over by others. Decide which fits you best, make final edits and submit.

Sample text:

Example #1

Currently an Assistant Residence Hall Director in co-ed first year experience Residence Hall. Responsibilities include liaison between professional Residence Life staff and Residence Life student staff and co-supervisor of 14 Community Advisors. Experience in advising National Residence Hall Honorary, United Students in Residence Halls, and Hall Government for first year experience Residence Hall. Experience leading a two week Fall Training for 14 Community Advisors while also preparing and opening a Residence Hall for 470+ first year students in the absence of a full time Hall Director. Attended WCPA. Enthusiastically seeking a Residential Life position. Available June. Geographically flexible.

Example #2

Soon-to-be graduate with 4 years’ experience working in Student Affairs. Most recently responsible for the training and development of residence hall leaders throughout 7 halls. Other responsibilities included co-advising first year hall leaders, assisting in the hiring of two student Eco-Representatives, and developing a hall government structure and constitution for a new suite-style residence hall. Experience working with diverse groups of people and flexible during high-stress times. Interested in Residence Life Graduate Assistantships. Midwest preferred. Available July.