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Resume and Career Documents

Resume and Cover letter

When applying for internships or jobs, you will need at least two documents: a resume and a cover letter. These documents are used to determine whether or not you will be selected for an interview, and employers spend only 6 to 7 seconds reviewing your resume! It's important to write the best resume possible to stand out to recruiters.


A resume shows your qualification for the position by providing a brief summary of your education and relevant experience. 

Uploading your resume to Handshake to apply for internships and jobs

If you would like to apply for jobs and internships in Handshake, you must upload a copy of your resume (Documents tab of your profile).

You are encouraged to utilize our drop-in hours to get feedback on your resume BEFORE you upload it to Handshake.

Cover Letter

A cover letter is a commonly requested business letter to accompany 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 position and organization to which you are applying. Taking the time to personalize your cover letter demonstrates to the employer enthusiasm and interest in their position and helps you stand out as a candidate. 

Types of cover letters

An application letter is used to apply for an open position within an organization. It includes pertinent details about your qualifications and requests an interview. 

This type of letter is used to contact an employer where no known opening exists in order to express an interest in the organization and request an opportunity to interview for an appropriate position.