Career Materials

Cover Letters

A cover letter is essentially a hand shake—your chance to introduce yourself.

The cover letter should be written specifically for each position because it is critical that the information be tailored to the job you are applying for. In three or four paragraphs, you will state the position you are applying for and how you heard about it, tell what skills you have and how those will benefit the company and declare your desire for a job interview.

Resumes

Employers expect a resume. There’s no way to get around it. You should get started now so that you have a strong resume when opportunity knocks.

The purpose of the resume is to interest an employer enough that they will interview you. A resume should highlight your skills and achievements, while making clear what contributions you can make to the company. Everything included in your application materials, including the resume, should be focused on the employer and what you can do for them. Don’t expect the employer to “read between the lines” or take the time to decipher what you’re trying to say. Be clear and concise.

References

References are people who can attest to your qualifications as an employee as well as your character and personality traits as a person. References give an opportunity for employers to learn more about you as a person by what the reference does and does not say. People who serve as references are often very open with the information they share.

Portfolios

Career portfolios will allow you to present tangible items that display your capabilities and qualifications to employers. Building a career portfolio is a process; one that allows you to evaluate your personal and professional experiences as well as your future professional goals, discover your strengths and weaknesses, and gain confidence to be more prepared for interviews. All of which will ultimately land you a job!

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