Cover Letters:

Cover Letter Template

  • A cover letter is just as important as a resume. It is an opportunity to personalize your resume and sell your skills. Include these important sections in your cover letter:
  • Heading and greeting – Include the date, your name, and your contact information. Address the letter to a specific name and/or title whenever possible.
  • Opening and introduction – Explain who you are and your reason for writing, including how you found out about the position.
  • Body – Sell yourself. Reveal why you are a perfect and unique match for the position. Explain why you have chosen the employer.
  • Assertive closing – Politely take initiative toward further action and next contact.

Don’t use a generic, form-like cover letter. Use these tips to write a fresh and informative cover letter:

Be confident, positive, and focused

  • Target your letter to the audience and industry.
  • Be positive about your current employment situation and professional future.
  • Emphasize what you can offer the employer.
  • Express your focused career goals.
  • Don’t use empty or unproven claims about your abilities.

Be concise, accurate, and polite

  • Use short sentences.
  • Keep the letter to one page.
  • Proofread your letter thoroughly.
  • Thank the reader for his or her time.
  • Sign your cover letter — blue ink is best to show the letter is an original.

Resumes:

A template is a tool for crafting your resume. It isn’t a fill-in-the-blank form, but it can help you get started. Ultimately, your resume should be unique to you and tailored to your particular strengths and experience.

Chronological Resume
Chronological Resume Template

  • Emphasizes work history — where you worked and when.
  • Easy for employers to scan.
  • Often used by job seekers with steady work experience in their desired career field.

Functional Resume
Functional Resume Template

  • Groups work experience and skills by skill areas or job function.
  • De-emphasizes lack of experience in a field.
  • Useful for first-time job seekers, those reentering the workforce, and career changers.

Combination Resume
Combination Resume Template

  • Combines the knowledge, skills, and abilities as highlighted in a functional resume with a shorter, chronological work summary.
  • Easily incorporates other experiences, like volunteering or internships.
  • Often used by job seekers with a varied employment history, and by career changers.

Academic Resume
Academic Resume Template

  • Highlights an Education section that includes degrees, certifications, and/or achievements.
  • Easily incorporates other experiences, like volunteering or internships.
  • Often used by recent graduates with little experience in the field.

Text Format
Resume Template

  • A plain-text version of a typical resume.
  • Allows a computer to scan for certain terms and keywords more effectively.

Interview Skills:

Interviews are very important. Employers interview candidates to find a good fit for their business. An interview is your opportunity to learn more about an employer and the available job(s).

Preparation/Research:

Interview Checklist:

  • To make sure your interview is a success, bring the following with you the day you interview:
  • Employer research  – Bring any notes on your research of the position and company.
  • Questions – Have key questions prepared to ask that express your interest in the position.
  • Resume, application, and personal data sheet – Use these as references during your interview or to fill out any required paperwork.
  • Portfolio and work samples – Bring a few samples that demonstrate your best work and abilities.
  • Letters of recommendation and reference list – Have these available if requested by the employer. This Reference Page Template may be helpful.
  • Notebook and pen – Use to jot down key points you’d like to address in a follow-up note or phone call.
  • Social Security card, driver’s license, or state picture identification – For jobs that require it, you may be asked to show your license, driving record,Social Security card, or other forms of ID.
  • Extra money – Be prepared for unexpected expenses, like gas, transportation, or parking.
  • Confidence and a smile – Interviews can be stressful. Try to relax as much as possible, appear confident, and smile!
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