Organizing Your Skills

You have explored opportunities for your professional journey, now the next step is to organize the skills you have learned. 

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.

Sample Resumes

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. 

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. 

Here is an outline of how to structure a cover letter.  Think of it as a persuasive paper.

Here is an easy guide for cover letters and thank you notes to help you along the way: Guide

For more assistance please see this link and visit our office: cover-letter assistance

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

  1. Resumes (Many copies)
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Business cards
  4. List of names of people or organizations you wish to contact
  5. Start networking discussions (practicing your pitch, connecting with referral contacts, and final target contacts)
  6. Summaries of each networking discussion (with names)
  7. 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:

  1. Company values and goals
  2. Company reputation and stability
  3. Location
  4. Job advancement
  5. 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.

  1. Keep track of the progress of your internship/job search.  You can use this spreadsheet to help.
  2. Maintain a detailed record of all the jobs you have applied for - communications, interviews, referrals, and follow-up actions

Preparing to Apply

  1. Tailor your résumé and cover letter so that it's specific to the internship that you're applying for.
  2. Review your résumé with a professional at the Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development.
  3. Review your résumé with the Watson Career and Alumni connection office
  4. Have business professional clothes for the interview
  5. Attend a mock interview for practice

Applying

  1. Submit your résumé and cover letter for the position
  2. Ensure that you know where to apply
  3. Politely and professionally email a recruiter of the given contact for clarification.
  4. Apply to as many jobs as possible
  5. 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.