Resumes and cover letters allow you to illustrate to a potential employer that you
are the best fit to their posted job description. CVs allow you to demonstrate to
graduate schools that you are experienced and invested in your field. You must be
strategic in what content you include. You can determine the way a reader perceives
you based on the information you provide.
Your resume is often the only picture a recruiter has of you, your abilities, and
your accomplishments. Recruiters typically spend 20 seconds or less scanning a resume. You need to pack a lot of (carefully crafted) information into that 20 seconds,
using the best possible format, to make sure the recruiter adds your resume to the
"follow-up" pile. Each resume you submit should be unique to a specific job lead.
A cover letter introduces you and your resume to potential employers or organizations
you seek to join (non-profits, educational institutions, etc). and serves as a bridget
between your resume and the specific job for which you are applying. This the first
document an employer sees. Take advantage of this important first impression and prepare
the reader for your application, stating why you are writing, why you are a good match
for the job and the organization, and when you will contact him or her. There is NO one-size-fits all cover letter. A cover letter is a reflection of your writing skills, so your document should be
succinct, interesting, and error-free.
Cover letters do more than introduce your resume, though. A cover letter's importance
also includes its ability to:
- Explain your experiences in a story-like format that works with the information provided
in your resume
- Allow you to go in-depth about important experiences/skills and relate them to job
- Show the employer that you are individualizing (tailoring) this job application
- Provide a sample of your written communication skills
Curriculum Vitae (CV)
A CV (curriculum vitae), is an overview of your academic accomplishments. The goal
of a CV is to construct a scholarly identity. Your CV will need to reflect very specifically
your abilities as a teacher, researcher, and publishing scholar within your discipline.
Unlike the resume, the CV is not limited to one page and should focus mostly on academic
achievements. The CV can include relevant coursework, research, academic projects,
presentations, publications, and conference participation.
Below are basic tips regarding pre- and post-interview activities:
All interviews have some basic similarities which include a warm-up, gathering and
offering information, and a closing. Below you are introduced to and provided with
information regarding the differences between different types of interviews, as well
as given sample questions for you to practice and sample questions to have in preparation
to ask your interviewer:
Advice about your contact information & social media:
- Your email address include your name and no other personal information (like birth
year) or silly references...
- Your outgoing phone message should be professional, giving your first and last name...
- Your LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube pages should be set either
set to private (for social sites) or updated with professional photos and information
(for professional sites)...