First impressions matter
From the first time an alum reviews your online profile to your handwritten thank you note after your interview, you can control how others perceive you. Professional materials that effectively reflect you, your abilities, and accomplishments will open the door for you to meet and interview with employers.
A resume is often the first sense a potential employer has of you. Present your experiences and skills in a way that captures their attention.
A cover letter is an opportunity to explain both why you are interested in a specific opportunity and how your skills will translate to the position. Effective cover letters are tailored, well-written, and concise.
Online Profiles (LinkedIn, Handshake, and other sites)
Developing professional connections does not only happen at in person networking events or career fairs. Many employers utilize social networking platforms, like LinkedIn, to connect with potential candidates. It is important to build a professional online presence, starting with Handshake.
Sometimes internship or job applications require writing samples. This is an opportunity to demonstrate your writing ability, critical thinking, and research skills. Selecting the appropriate documents that reflect your interests and abilities is key.
References provide a potential employer an outside perspective beyond an interview and your application materials. This is an opportunity to select people who can truly speak to your abilities and skills.
Sending a thank you note following an interview or networking conversation can help you stand out. A prompt and tailored thank you can help you leave a positive impression on a potential employer.