The CV (or resume) is a document that summarizes your education, experience, and skills in a concise manner for an employer. CVs can be formatted in a variety of ways but must be easy to read, consistent, and free of errors.
Your aim in the cover letter is to describe how your experience, qualifications and competencies match the job for which you are applying. Think of your cover letter as an opportunity to distinguish yourself from other job seekers by highlighting what makes you the best match for the position.
Employers use cover letters to determine your level of interest, your writing ability, and your suitability for the position. A well-written cover letter can help get you to the interview stage. A poorly written cover letter can severely damage your chances, even if you are highly qualified.
Your cover letter should be brief, three to four paragraphs, and as targeted as possible to the position for which you are applying. Focus on the most relevant parts of your background that relate to the job opening.
A job interview is usually the final step in the application process and determines whether or not you will be hired. It is essential that you prepare and practice in advance! For example:
- Prepare answers to typical interview questions and rehearse your answers with the career counselor, colleagues, or friends
- Be prepared to discuss your skills and to provide specific, real-life examples of how these have been demonstrated.
- Dress professionally, arrive 10 minutes early, and turn your phone off
- Be positive; avoid making any negative statements during the entire interview
- After the interview: 1- Ask each interviewee for their business card; 2-Send a thank you note to the interviewers via email 48 hours after the interview thanking them for their time, expressing how excited you are about the opportunity, and expanding on anything you forgot to say during the interview.
Networking is the process of developing personal and professional contacts in order to give and receive information, advice, referrals, and support. Career Services hosts events to facilitate networking with local employers and alumni.