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 Checklist
- Key Action Verbs List
- Use the Skills Profiler to create a list of your skills and match them to job types that use those skills.
- Have your resume critiqued by a career counselor or industry advisor
- Attend Resume Clinics and workshops throughout the year. Visit the events calendar for more information.
- See the Career and Internship Guide for more resume tips.
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.
- 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
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