Job Search Tools

Resumes and References

A well-crafted résumé is a key element of your work search.

As a marketing tool, the main goal is to present a positive first impression to prospective employers – one that demonstrates how your skills, experience and accomplishments meet their specific requirements.

The effectiveness of a résumé depends on the information included, how well it is tailored to the position you are applying for, and your use of keywords and accomplishment statements.

Cover Letters

You should always send a cover letter along with your résumé whenever you respond to job postings. Cover letters should not be general but specific to each position you apply for. In your cover letter you want to convey that you are:

  • the right person for the job,
  • qualified and confident about your skills and experience, and
  • excited about the opportunity.