Applying For Positions

While employers may differ in their requirements, most will require a resume. A cover letter expands upon your interest in the position and a personal interview allows you to verbalize your qualifications. Career Services has many resources to help you.

Resumes

U.S. resumes may be different than resumes in other countries. U.S. resumes typically

  • Are concise, consisting of brief phrases
  • Consist of one or two pages
  • Focus on relevant experience, education, and skills
  • Contain only contact information and do not include age, religion, or photos.

Cover Letters

Cover letters are unique for each position and relate your qualifications to the employer’s needs. They typically

  • Are only one page
  • Focus more on what the job seeker can offer rather than a description of the employer
  • Expand upon details found in the resume
  • Demonstrate strong writing skills in complete sentences

Interviewing

The interview is the employer’s opportunity to assess your fit for the position and the organization. They typically

Phone Interviews

Increasingly, employers use phone interviews as an initial screening interview. Speak clearly and slowly in order to be understood.

These two videos offer additional suggestions:

On-line Video Interviews

Some employers use video or video conferencing for interviews. Make sure the technology works well prior to the interview so the interview can focus on the content.

This video offer additional suggestions:

Practice Interviews

Students may benefit from a simulated job interview.

  • Ask friends to practice with you. Sample questions available here.
  • Schedule an appointment with Career Services staff for a mock interview.
  • Use Interview Stream to have a simulated on-line video based interview. Access videos of interview tips and select from thousands of interview questions. A webcam is required to respond. InterviewStream mobile app can also be found on your devices app store for Apple and Android devices. Students can then review their recorded responses.