Prepare Your Resume & Cover Letter

Write a Resume Rough Draft to Show Your Fellow 

Now that you’ve had a chance to look at what opportunities are available, next up is preparing your resume. But don’t worry: It doesn’t have to be perfect! Check out these resources to help guide you (and then, your Fellow will help you from there).

Please note: If you need help to get started, move on to Step 3: Contact Your Fellow, who can assist you.

Resume Tips & Takeaways

  • Formatting is one of the first things that employers notice. Make sure that all margins are straight, formatting is consistent, and the overall aesthetic is professional. 
  • Resumes should be 1 page only. 
  • Utilize job descriptions as your guide as much as possible by paying close attention to language, action verbs, skills, etc. 

Resources & Guides

Check out UC Berkeley Career Center’s Resume & Cover Letter Guide
Note that a chronological resume format is highly recommended.

The Balance Career’s Resources:

Resources from the University of Iowa:


Check out these templates from Microsoft Office.


Write a Cover Letter Rough Draft to Show Your Fellow

Some employers like to have a personal letter from you to accompany your resume – see below for tips and templates on how to write the best one. 

Please note: If you need help to get started, move on to Step 3: Contact Your Fellow, who can assist you.

Cover Letter Tips & Takeaways:

Cover letters should only be 1 page in length. 

Scholars should include a contact name (if possible), the address of the company, and utilize business letter writing format

The first paragraph of a cover letter should include the position, department, and company the scholar is planning on applying for along with a compelling reason why you are inspired by this particular role. 

    • Do your research! Look up each company you‘re applying for and know their mission, key players, and basic history. 
    • You can also include that you’re a 10,000 Degrees Scholar. 
    • Scholars can include a reference from the company or 10,000 Degrees, if applicable. 

A good cover letter should: 

    • Open with a compelling paragraph that tells a story and catches the reader’s attention. 
    • Connect your experiences and qualifications with the desired qualifications of the employer. 
    • Include specific information about why you want to work for the employer and industry. 
    • Exemplify clear and concise writing skills with NO grammar/spelling errors.
    • Demonstrate your knowledge of the position AND the company.

A good cover letter, in essence, demonstrates that you are the right fit for the job. 

How to start a cover letter: 

    • Analyze the job description. 
      • What experiences, skills, and traits is the employer looking for?
      • How does your experience match?
    • Know who the employer is. 
      • Do their values and mission align with your own?
      • Research should be conducted on the latest company research, news, social media, etc. 
    • Analyze your background. 
      • How does your experience complement this role?
        • You may also consider coursework, projects, volunteer experience, extracurricular activities, and travel. 
    • Utilize UC Berkeley’s cover letter examples 
    • How to Write a Cover Letter: 

Now that you’ve created a rough draft of your resume and cover letter, move on to Contact Your 10KD Fellow.