Resumes, cover letters, and job applications can be the most crucial part to getting your foot in the door and hopefully an interview with an employer. The down side? There may also be hundreds or thousands of other resumes in the pile from your competitors and employers spend less than 30 seconds on each resume initially. These documents are often your first impression to an employer and therefore must be impeccable. Grammar, spelling, content, relevance, and consistency are key to making sure your resume stands out and most importantly, moves to the top of the pile.
Applying for a Specific Job?
Make an appointment with the Office of Career Development and be sure to bring in the job description for the position you are applying for. We will show you how to tailor your resume and cover letter to fit what an employer is looking for.
- The Cover Letter 101 and Resume 101 guides will give you some great insight on how to structure your professional documents, what to include and what to leave out.
- The Cover Letter and Resume Samples will give you ideas on how to word certain accomplishments and experiences. There are a variety of options that will be able to help whether you are a freshmen, a senior, or going through a career change. Please do not copy lines from these samples; these are simply a guide for you.
- These online resources also provide some great information that you can use to make your resume/cover letter a unique and powerful one that will stand out to employers.
- For the Career Changer or ALPHA Student