Once you've found a job or internship opportunity that interests you, your next step is to craft effective application materials. You should also prepare to demonstrate your professionalism and explain how you are qualified for the position in an interview with the employer. Career Advancement offers a series of tools below to help you with these phases of the application process. If you are a currently enrolled student or alumni, we highly encourage you to make an appointment with a career adviser to discuss the position, review your application materials, and practice interviewing.
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A resume is intended to give an employer a snapshot of your background as it is relevant to a particular position. You may need more than one version of your resume if you are applying for positions in different fields.
A cover letter gives an employer a sample of your ability to write clearly and concisely. It is your chance to expand on your most relevant experience as well as show your enthusiasm for and interest in the position. A cover letter can truly make or break your application, so remember: If you are serious about getting the job, you cover letter must be tailored for each position.
An interview is an opportunity for the employer to delve deeper into your skills and interests, and also to get a sense for what it might be like to have you as a part of their staff.