Students & Alumni

Career Preparedness

Cover Letter: A cover letter allows you to tailor your application to each specific job. It also allows you to highlight your most important and relevant accomplishments, skills, and experience that qualify you for the position. A cover letter should reflect your personality, your attention to detail, your communication skills, your enthusiasm, and your intellect.

Résumé: A résumé is a marketing tool to earn an interview. It is often the first impression you will make to a prospective employer. Each résumé you prepare should be tailor made for each job you are applying for. Your education, skills, abilities, and work experience will determine the best résumé format for you. Several general items included on a résumé include:

  • Your personal information including your name, address, telephone number, and email address.
  • Education, starting with the most recent first. List your degree with your major and minor.
  • Pertinent skills and abilities for the job in which you are applying.
  • Work experience listing your job title, followed by the name and location of the employer.
  • References consisting of supervisors, previous employers or current professors.

Interview: Research the employer prior to the interview so you are prepared to highlight how your skills, abilities, and past employment will benefit the organization. Preparation will allow you to enter the interview feeling confident and comfortable. It is beneficial to research interview questions and mentally prepare answers to the most common questions such as “Tell us about yourself…”.

The Career Development Center is available for cover letter and résumé critiques. Also, the CDC conducts mock interviews to help you prepare. Contact us today!

Other Resources:

CareerBliss

Tough Questions Interviewers Ask