You have explored opportunities for your professional journey, now the next step is to organize the skills you have learned.Information on Resumes and Cover Letters:
- Resumes: The résumé is a summary of your experiences and a reflection of how those experiences have tailored you to become the ideal candidate for a job.
- Cover Letters: The cover letter is an opportunity to market yourself in your own words while adding substance and new information in addition to what has been provided on your resume.
**Please note that these templates are just a guide. We do not recommend downloading the example resumes and editing the content. Rather, reference the examples when you create your own resume. **
Searching for a Job or Internship
Whether you are searching for an internship or your first job much of the searching process will be the same.
Materials to have ready
- Resumes (Many copies)
- Cover Letter
- Business cards
- List of names of people or organizations you wish to contact
- Start networking discussions (practicing your pitch, connecting with referral contacts, and final target contacts)
- Summaries of each networking discussion (with names)
- Thank you's
Right Target, Right Fit
Begin your employment search by taking a thorough inventory of your interests, skills, accomplishments, experience, goals, and values.
The key to a successful employment search is to recognize what makes you a unique candidate and to communicate this effectively to a prospective employer, both verbally and in writing.
Conduct research on various fields and local companies within those fields.
Now that you have done your research, figure out what company fits you best. Some of the topics include:
- Company values and goals
- Company reputation and stability
- Job advancement
- 5 or 10 year plan
Stay on track
This will help you build a network of valuable contacts both for your current job search and for future ones.
- Keep track of the progress of your internship/job search. You can use this spreadsheet to help.
- Maintain a detailed record of all the jobs you have applied for - communications, interviews, referrals, and follow-up actions
Preparing to Apply
- Tailor your résumé and cover letter so that it's specific to the internship that you're applying for.
- Review your résumé with a professional at the Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development.
- Review your résumé with the Watson Career and Alumni connection office
- Have business professional clothes for the interview
- Attend a mock interview for practice
- Submit your résumé and cover letter for the position
- Ensure that you know where to apply
- Politely and professionally email a recruiter of the given contact for clarification.
- Apply to as many jobs as possible
- Apply as early as possible - Many internship/job application dates are early in the school year
Be Persistent, Proactive, and Assertive
Do not wait around for an internship/job opportunity to come knocking at your door. It is important to make your name and face known before your competition does. While cold calling may be very intimidating, it remains a powerful strategy. Use every angle and networking contact that you have, and always try to obtain more points of contact. Also, remember that everyone experiences rejection; however those who are persistent and grow from their mistakes will eventually land the job they want.