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Job Search Skills

The LCSC Office of Career & Advising Services (CAS) offers students the opportunity to attend workshops on campus to help with the development of their resume, cover letter and references. After students attend a workshop, the CAS staff will review students documents and make suggestions for changes to these important career papers. Students and recent graduates may need a refresher on certain parts of this process, such as needing a brush up on resume writing skills or help in preparing for an interview.

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Resume Video Connection

The CAS office has prepared a series of videos that address a broad aray of topics to assist students and alumni in the area of resumes, cover letters, references, appearance for your interview and many other topics.

Topics are broken down by a major heading with the video's associated linked directly below the the heading.

Your resume is one of many tools to help you express your interest in a specific job and/or internship opportunity. The purpose of your resume is to provide a snapshot of your education and work/volunteer experiences, giving the reader a concise picture of what you have to offer. Your resume is, in many ways, an advertisement about you.

Watch one or all of the vidoes on how to create a resume, cover letter and references as well as how to prepare for your interview. These videos will assist you in offering the best view of you to potential employers.

 Cover Letter Video Connection

A cover letter accompanies your resume when you apply for a position. It is your personal introduction to a prospective employer outlining your interest in the position and the organization and expressing why you are qualified for the position. A cover letter is not a summary of your resume; it is a "teaser" whose function is to make a potential employer want to read your resume.

Each cover letter should be tailored to a specific job description and organization. Show how you meet the required qualifications for that particular job by emphasizing the two or three strongest reasons why you are a good candidate. Show what you know about the organization and industry, and show why you are a good fit. Use confident language, write using an active voice, and, except in rare circumstances, limit your letter to one page.

Watch one or all of the videos on how to build an effective cover letter.

 References Video Connection

It is likely that any prospective employer is going to want to check your references before hiring you, as well as do a background check. These can be handled differently depending on whether you are a current student or an alumnus.

References can tip the balance in your favor, so who you ask to serve as a reference is important. A reference is only beneficial if it is a positive one.

If you are a current student: Ask someone at your current job or from a prior summer job. Consider a former professor, college faculty member or other campus member with whom you worked closely. The key is for the recommender to be able to speak in detail about the work you performed, your work ethic, etc. Remember, it’s better to ask a person who could speak glowingly and in detail about your work.

Watch one or all of the videos about how to look for and write about references.

 Interviewing Video Connection

The opportunity for an interview means that you gotten the attention of the hiring individual with your cover letter and resume. It is important to prepare and practice for this interview. Think of your job interview like an opportunity to audition for a part - you wouldn't go onstage without learning your lines and practicing them, wearing the proper clothing for the part and with an understanding of the role you are playing. Preparing for an interview is done in much the same way. Learn about the "Seven P's" of Interviewing.

Watch one or all of the videos about how to prepare for your interview.

Additional Resources

Consider visiting a free site which contains a sizeable list of job interview questions that are position specific.  The questions are based on qualities and skils required to do the job.  

Choosing an active voice in writing your resume and cover letters requires that we use words that clearly articulate the skill we are choosing to highlight.  Look over the "100 Great Resume Words".