The purpose of a resume is to get you an interview. On average, a recruiter only looks a resume for about 6 seconds so you need to make sure your resume is communicating who you are effectively. Start crafting your resume now so that you can quickly and easily capture your current experiences.
Some of the areas we focus on in Step by Step Training are how to:
- Identify and construct the format and content components of a resume
- Identify and prioritize individual skills and experiences related to career goals
- Write effective, accomplishment-based bullet points of skills and experiences
- Tailor a resume to a specific job or internship
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Cover letters are a great way for you to share how your past experience directly relates to the job posting for which you are applying. Your cover letter offers you the opportunity to expand on your past experience as it directly relates to the position of interest.
A curriculum vitae (CV) is a more comprehensive and detailed version of a resume traditionally used when applying for faculty/administration positions in academia. However, there are other uses for a CV such as: tenure reviews, grant applications, public speaking engagements, fellowship opportunities, publishing, etc.
If you are ready to follow-up, congrats – that means you are doing a great job making connections and getting your name out there. Following-up with an employer or other connection is just as important as meeting the employer in the first place. Getting the timing right, making sure you are using the right method and message are all vital to mastering the art of follow-up.
Many candidates overlook the thoughtful step of writing a thank you letter in the job search process. Thank you letters will not necessarily secure you a job, but not sending one will most certainly hurt your chances. A thank you letter should be sent within 24 – 48 hours after an interview for a job or an internship.
Purpose of a thank you letter
Thank you letters provide an opportunity to reaffirm your interest in the position, restate your skills and experiences that relate to the position, and acknowledge important points you covered, or may have overlooked, in the interview. It is also a chance to show your professionalism and writing skills.
In general, a professional reference is a recommendation from a person who can vouch for your skills and qualifications for a job. A professional reference for someone with experience is typically a former employer, colleague, client, vendor, supervisor, or someone else who has observed your work. You might be tempted to use a family member or a friend as a reference, but this will be a red flag to an employer.
College students and recent graduates might also consider professors, coaches, and college personnel who were advisors for your activities. The key to picking references is choosing people who have observed you acting in a productive capacity where you displayed your skills.