Resume and Cover Letters

Resume and Cover letters

Recommendations and References

Things to remember:

  • Do include full contact information
  • Do choose your references wisely
  • Do write thank you letters to your references afterward
  • Do ask for a LinkedIn Reference or letter of recommendation
  • Do choose a manager, co-worker, or professor to be a reference
  • Do give your reference a heads up or ask for permission

Reference Letter:
If you ask a reference to write you a letter of recommendation, make sure to provide them with:

  • Introduction of why you need the letter
  • An overview of your relationship with the individuals- how long you worked together, what the job was, what you did for the employer
  • Provide them all the materials they may need to write the best letter!
  • The deadline and contact information
  • Provide them plenty of time to write the letter

If you are asking a professor for a letter, either for school or work, make sure to do the following:

  • Provide the course you took with the professor, academic work, or any independent work you may have done with them
  • Remember the semester and dates of the classes
  • The industry/job/school you are applying too
  • Provide a resume and cover letter
  • Request a meeting if possible to discuss in person
  • Include a transcript
  • Any other helpful details
  • If you are applying to school and you have a draft of the application, make sure to include it so the professor has a better idea of your goals.
  • Interviewing Tips

Interview Prep Questions

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
  • Why are you looking to change positions?
  • Do you have any questions for me?

Ask Employer:  

  • What are some challenges you expect the person in this position to face?
  • How will you measure the success of the person in this position?
  • What is a typical day like at (COMPANY NAME)?
  • What are the next steps in the interview process?
  • Ask a question you truly care about!

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