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 that offers the best view of you to potential
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
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
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, itís better to ask a person who
could speak glowingly and in detail about your
Watch one or all of the
videos about how to look for and write about
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.
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".
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