Academic and Career Planning Center

Career Planning Schedule

The Career Journey: A Step-By-Step Guide

Creating a Cover Letter

 

When an employer asks for you to send your resume, always send an introductory/cover letter along with it. If you are applying for a position, and you are not in the presence of the individual to whom you are submitting your resume, always send a letter introducing yourself and your resume to the employer.  Read the guidelines below to write a basic cover letter, then stop by the ACPC to have your letter and resume reviewed.

Cover Letter Basics

 

Creating a Resume

 

There is no consensus as to what makes a good resume.  However, one of the basic rules is that employers will spend less than 20 seconds scanning your resume to see if it is worth further consideration.  Therefore, be sure that your resume is organized and attractive enough to pass this test.  Your resume, if effective, will quickly show the employer:

Resume and Cover Letter Assistance

 

Just as a marketing executive needs strong, effective advertising to sell products, you need strong resumes and effective cover letters to sell your product--yourself. The purpose of the resume and cover letter is to get you an interview. Resumes don't get you a job--they get you in the door. You get the job!

Interview Resources

The Academic and Career Planning Center has a wide variety of books and DVD's for student use. In addition, ACPC staff members are available for one-on-one sessions to improve your interviewing skills. Finally, attend a ACPC workshop on job interviewing or complete a practice interview in the ACPC to cover the basics of the interviewing process. Here are some additional links:

Handouts and Online Resources

The Academic and Career Planning Center has many resources available in our office for reference related to resume creation, job and internship searching, professional dress, and many other topics. You can pick up these handouts at our office at any time.

Career Counseling

 

Both students and alumni can benefit from the Career Counseling services offered through the ACPC. Students can get assistance with developing a career plan by exploring their interests, abilities and values to find a career path that suits them, as well as with developing a resume and preparing for the job search process. Alumni can receive help searching for jobs, preparing for interviews and more.

e-Portfolio Development

Electronic Portfolios (e-Portfolios) are dynamic, developmental spaces representing your professional "self" on the Web. More than just a resume, they are becoming standard practice for academics, students, and professionals and typically include examples of skills and achievements, as well as a reflective blog element.