If you're applying for jobs, internships, or co-ops, you'll need at least two documents: a resume and a cover letter.

Your resume and cover letter are used to determine whether or not you will be selected for a job interview. Employers will spend less than 30 seconds reviewing your resume. So, it's important to make the best impression possible in those 30 seconds.


A resume shows your experience, providing a brief summary of your qualifications, education, and experiences relevant to your job search objective.

Resume tips and tools

Cover Letter

The cover letter is a common business letter that accompanies your resume. It states your relevant experience and summarizes your top strengths and accomplishments.

Your cover letter also addresses why you are a good fit for the position and organization. Effective cover letters are tailored for the particular job and organization to which you are applying.

Taking the time to personalize your cover letter demonstrates to the employer a level of enthusiasm and interest in their position, and could help you stand out more as a candidate.

Types of Cover Letters
  • Application Letter - Used to apply for an open position within an organization, which includes pertinent details about your qualifications and requests an interview
  • Prospecting Letter/ Letter of Inquiry - Used to contact an employer where no known opening exists to express an interest in the organization and request an opportunity to interview for an appropriate position
Cover Letter Tips and Tools
Applying for jobs on HireMason: Uploading Your Resume
If you are interested in applying for jobs and internships on HireMason you will need to upload a copy of your resume to the Documents tab of your profile. The first resume you upload in HireMason will be reviewed by a member of our staff to ensure professional standards are met. You will be unable to apply for positions until your resume has been approved. The approval process may take up to 3 business days. To expedite the approval process you are encouraged to utilize our walk-in hours to get feedback on your resume BEFORE you upload it to HireMason.


While your resume is under review, it will show up as "Pending" in the Documents Tab. Please do not delete your resume while it is pending or once it is approved because doing so will prevent you from applying for positions until your resume has been re-submitted AND approved in HireMason.

For more details, review the Resume and Cover Letters section of the Career and Internship Guide