Resumes and Cover Letters

The Office of Career Success is here to help you put your best face forward when it comes time to apply to internships and potential jobs. Your cover letter and resume are the first opportunity to make a positive impression and to highlight to employers your qualifications for being a good addition to their team.

RESUMES   |   COVER LETTERS   |   RECOMMENDATIONS

Make an appointment to fine tune your resume, create a cover letter, and discuss the vast networks of alumni and professional organizations that The School of Business has as resources to you. 

Resumes

As you grow professionally, so will your resume! The Office of Career Success is your resource in finding opportunities available to you through internships and job placement that will expand your resume and add to your professional skills.

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Cover Letters

Your cover letter is your chance to expand upon your resume by highlighting previous experience that directly relates to the position you are applying for. Your cover letter gives your job application personality and, in many instances, determines if a potential employer decides to continue forward and review your resume.

Here are a few fast tips for cover letter success:

  • CHANGE your cover letter for EVERY position you apply to.
  • Limit your cover letter to one page.
  • Include your contact information.
  • Use a format and language that directly relates to the industry and job you are applying for.
  • Be sure to use proper spelling and grammar.
  • Present yourself confidently by using action words.
  • Your cover letter is an extension of your resume, give clear examples of experience you have had previously that would be beneficial in fulfilling the expectations of the position you are applying for.
  • Finish your cover letter with your signature.

 

Resources:

  • CareerLab (tips for a variety of cover, thank you and internship letters).
  • OWL (Purdue Online Writing Lab).

 

The Office of Career Success can walk you through the steps in developing and reviewing your cover letter.


 

Recommendations

It is crucial to have a handful of recommenders to call upon during your job application process. Some positions will ask for a list of recommenders to be submitted with your resume and others will ask for the list after they have decided to continue pursuing you as a potential applicant.

 

Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Your recommenders should represent a group of professors, previous/current employers, and mentors that you have had positive relationships with.
  • Be sure to inform your recommenders that they may be contacted by a potential employer.
  • Inform your recommender of the nature of the position you are applying for. This will help them be able to give information to the prospective employer that highlights your abilities as a positive addition to their team.
  • It is also a good idea to gather written recommendations from individuals while you are still fresh in their minds!
  • Be sure to send your recommender a note stating your gratitude for their recommendation. This is not only good etiquette, but secures that relationship for future recommendations.

 

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​For more information or to schedule an appointment contact:

Director of Career Success
Louise Downey
School of Business, Borick Building Room 216
970.949.3006
businesscareers@western.edu