Psi Chi Honor Society
Department of Psychological
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Resumes, Cover Letters & Interviews
Your resume & cover letter are the tools you will use to get interviews.
- The Career Development Center's resume page will help you reflect on what you've done as student, volunteer, employee or intern and then turn those experiences into accomplishment statements to create a targeted resume - one that matches the employer's specific needs. What you must know about resume content & format is in their resume handout. See also the CDC's cover letter page page and cover letter handout.
- IU students have free access to Optimal Resume - it's Resume Builder is a nice tool to get you started if you have never created a resume or want some formatting ideas.
- The Kelley School of Business Undergraduate Career Services office has a very helpful resume page that includes where to begin, guidelines, how to highlight study abroad experiences, skills that interest employers, and tips about electronic resumes and online application systems. A good cover letter page, too.
- MonsterTrak articles worth your time - Avoid the Top 10 Resume Mistakes & Seven First Time Resume Concerns & Your Resume's Look Is As Important as Its Content.
- Have a career counselor read your resume! IU students can go to the Career Development Center or Writing Tutorial Services to have their resume and cover letter reviewed. It is a really good idea to also seek feedback from professionals in the career field in which you are interested!
Interviews - You'll need knowledge and practice. The purpose of your job interview is to demonstrate that you can conduct yourself in a professional manner, you took the time to research the employer's organization and this specific position, and that you have substantial past experience that proves you're qualified for the job.
The Career Development Center provides great tips for preparing for interviews. If you have the experience the employer is seeking and you have a great interview, sometimes a well-timed thank-you note can seal the deal.
A few of MonsterTrak's best articles:
- Ten Interviewing Rules - Check yourself on these 10 basic points before you go on that all-important interview.
- Common Interview Questions, Part 1 - Some questions are asked so often, it makes sense to do all you can to prepare for them. Read all 4 parts in this series!
- Winning Interviews & Successful Interviewing - Prepare! Know what the interviewer wants, identify your successes relevant to the job opening and practice answering questions using the STAR method. Also look for information about interview structure and interview tips in these articles.
- Interview Prep for New Grads - What is a "close"? Surprises?
- Follow the Interview with a Thank-You Note - Keep it simple.