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Resumes

The purpose of the resume is to provide employers with information about your abilities and experiences so they can assess your potential for a successful job match. The resume is your marketing tool designed to catch the interest of an employer. First impressions are critical since as little as 15 seconds may be devoted to scanning each resumé. The focus of the resumé must be on the needs of the employer, not on the needs and desires of the job seeker. “Resumé” means “summary,” not “autobiography.”  Space is critical; carefully evaluate each item and its relationship to the career objective.

 

Resume Styles and Formatting

Sample Resumes

 

Cover Letters

A cover letter (sometimes called a letter of application, intent, interest or inquiry) should accompany your resume communicating your personal experiences and qualities related to the job or graduate program in which you are applying. A cover letter should be composed and typed specifically for each job or school that you apply to, including internships. It should complement, but not repeat the information contained in your resume. Effective cover letters convey a sense of purpose, project enthusiasm for the position or program, and demonstrate your knowledge of the employer or graduate program's requirements and needs.

 

Sample Letters

 

Thank You Letter

Writing a thank you letter after a job interview is a must! In fact, some employers think less of those interviewees who fail to follow-up promptly. Plan to send out your thank you letters as soon as possible (preferably within 24 hours) after your interviews. If time is of the essence, it's appropriate to send an email thank you letter.  However, be sure your email is professional and well written. 

 

Sample Thank You Letters

 

 

 

Related Information

Resource Links

Resume, Cover Letter, Interviewing
Job Choices - Get resume and interview tips, and learn how to market yourself to employers.


CollegeGrad - A wealth of job search information including resume writing, interviewing prep as well as in depth career profiles for 30 popular career choices.


Monster - Includes writing advice for resumes and letters, interviewing, salary and benefits as well as a salary negotiation guide.

 

Wetfeet.com - Expert career advice on a variety of topics including job interviews, career decision-making, resume writing, professional development, accepting a job offer, and more.

 

 

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