Letter of Application and Résumé
The following suggestions have been collected from judges’ comments and are presented to help eliminate the technical errors that can lead to lower scores and/or disqualification.
- Letters must be addressed exactly as stated in the event guidelines.
- Letters of application are limited to one page and résumés to no more than two pages.
- Photographs must not be submitted.
- Letters of recommendation should not be included with the materials.
- Letters are generally preferred in block format.
- All documents must be error-free.
- Some judges have stated their preference for résumés that list an objective.
- Résumés should emphasize the skills that contribute to the position for which one is applying.
- Materials are to be submitted in six file folders properly labeled (see CMH for details). Suggestions for Creating a Good Résumé
- The résumé should show a clear match between your skills, experience, and activities with the event.
- Highlight your major accomplishments.
- Information on the résumé should be listed in order of importance; e.g., for Job Interview list your work experience (paid or unpaid) first and for Future Business Leader your FBLA involvement.
- Highlight the important skills that make you stand out for the award.
- Make a good first impression—no typos or incorrect grammar.
- Information on your résumé must be truthful.
- List your extracurricular activities that relate to the event.