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Resumes, Cover Letters, and Other Related Documents
A resume is a vital part of any job or internship search. It is the document that markets you and your credentials to a prospective employer. Your goal in writing an effective resume is to describe your key experiences and accomplishments in a way that resonates with employers and other readers. For specific examples, download our Resume Handout.
Enhance your Resume-Writing Skills:
- Stop by and meet with a Peer Assistant. They can help you draft your resume or review it and make suggestions.
- Schedule an appointment with a Career Counselor to discuss how to target your resume for your chosen field or a specific position
- Ask for advice from experts such as alumni and other professionals working in the fields that interest you.
- Remember to tailor each resume to a specific job description or employer.
A cover letter is your personal introduction to a prospective employer. It outlines your interest in the position and the organization and explains why you are qualified. Unless instructed otherwise by the potential employer, you should always include a cover letter with your resume. For specific examples of cover letters, download our Cover Letter Handout.
Official transcripts can be requested by contacting the Registrar's Office. Many organizations may request a copy of your unofficial transcript. To create an unofficial transcript, copy and paste your information from the Registrar's website into Microsoft Word. You can then upload it into your J-Connect account for use in On-Campus Recruiting.
References are individuals who can cite how you are qualified for a particular job. Most organizations will ask for three to five individuals. A mix of academic (faculty) and professional (former supervisors is recommended. See our sample references page for formatting guidelines. Remember to contact your references to obtain their permission before submitting their names.
Employers may also require a writing sample to evaluate your writing abilities and your analytical skills. Length is somewhat dependent upon the position and organization, although three to five pages is typical. Relevancy is important. For example, when submitting to a financial firm, an economics paper might be better than a history paper. In most cases, it is not expected that you will create a new document, but that you will adapt and revise something you have already written.