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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 guide and a few additional resume resources 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. See also the CDC's cover letter guide and webpage.
- The Kelley School of Business Undergraduate Career Services office has very helpful resume and cover letter information.
- 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 an interview prep guide and 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.
Kelley School of Business Undergraduate Career Services has great information about Effective Interviewing.
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!
- Interview Prep for New Grads - What is a "close"? Surprises?
- Follow the Interview with a Thank-You Note - Keep it simple.