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Resumes & Cover Letters

Here you will find valuable career resources that will assist in helping you develop your application materials. If you are interested in scheduling an in-person appointment with the Staff Development Center to discuss your professional development plan, please submit a form.

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What is a cover letter and how do I write one?

A cover letter introduces you to the hiring manager and explains your interest in the position.

It highlights your skills and requests the opportunity for an interview. There are three general types of cover letters. Choose a type of letter that matches your reason for writing.

  • Application Letter: responds to a known job opening
  • Prospecting Letter: inquires about possible positions
  • Networking Letter: requests information and assistance in your job search

It is also very important that your cover letter be tailored to each position you are applying to. Each cover letter you write should be customized to include:

  • Which job you are applying for
  • How you learned about the job
  • What you have to offer the employer and why you want to work there
  • A thank you for their time and consideration

What is a resume and where do I start?

A resume serves as a primary tool in your job search process...

and can help provide a summary of your knowledge, skills, and abilities. It can highlight your accomplishments and provide a “snapshot” of your experience. Resumes help describe choices you’ve made to help you get to where you are today. But it is not an autobiography. It is necessary to take the time to carefully construct and review your resume before submitting to an organization.

If you do not currently have a resume, please allow time to gather all of the information. If you feel a bit discouraged, data gather in sections based on headers you want to include in your resume. For example, gather your previous employment history information, then education dates, etc. Once you’ve invested the time, it will be very easy to update as you receive new responsibilities and/or achieve educational milestones.

Below you will find a resource to help you build your resume to fit your personal job search needs.

How do I complete a job application?

Prior to completing your job application, it is important that you prepare to include the following items:
  • Your Employment History: Only include employment history that is relevant to the job for which you are applying and is consistent with your resume.
  • Your Education History: List your education history from most recent to latest. 
  • Provide Appropriate Responses: Tailor your responses to the job for which you are applying
  • Stay Consistent: Ensure your responses are consistent with your resume
  • List Your References: Identify your references and be sure to include recent and accurate contact information (phone numbers and email addresses)
  • Proofread Your Application: Review and check for typos and misspelled words before submitting