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The following resources can be found on the Cawley Career Center website:
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Current students and alumni can take advantage of the wide variety of professional development resources that Alumni Career Services has to offer at all points along their educational path at Georgetown and beyond.
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Music Supplemental Materials
Please note that the Department of Performing Arts only accepts supplemental materials for review. All applications for admission to Georgetown University should be sent separately to the Undergraduate Admissions Office.
Supplementary submissions may make sense for students with substantial and well-developed talent that cannot be conveyed adequately in the rest of the application, but you should think carefully before submitting supplementary materials with your Georgetown application.
The Department of Performing Arts does not make any admissions decisions; all decisions are made by the Undergraduate Admissions office primarily on the basis of the general application materials submitted there (including student’s overall academic and extracurricular record, application essays, etc.) Many successful applicants submit only those materials. In rare instances, when we review materials from prospective music students with truly exceptional credentials who we feel are a strong fit for our Music Program, we are able to submit a recommendation about that student which is added to their admissions file.
Due to University policy, and to the large amount of material we receive, we cannot offer any feedback or evaluation to candidates on their submissions.
In order to have your submissions material reviewed you must submit:
- A cover letter outlining your specific interest in the Department, your relevant experience, why you are applying to Georgetown, and how you envision being involved in the Performing Arts at Georgetown (e.g. as an American Musical Culture Major? Minor? Supplemental music courses and ensembles ? co-curricular activities ?) Please be explicit in the cover letter about any other materials you are submitting. If you are interested in submitting materials for more than one discipline, craft your single cover letter accordingly addressing your multiple interests.
In addition you may also submit the following:
- Brief Work samples (i.e. 5 minutes total). Please provide clear information on what you are submitting (your name, title of work/composer, etc.) Recordings can be taken from actual performances or can be recorded specifically as “auditions.”
- A resume, no more than two pages in length, including performing experience. Please be specific about venue (e.g. professional, school, etc.) and outline any private music instruction received as well.
To submit, materials should be uploaded electronically via Slideroom (new window) by the respective admissions deadlines ( November 1st for Early Action and January 10th for Regular Decision ) to ensure receipt and review.
To get started, please select the proper academic program that you are interested in as well as the proper deadline and click Apply Now . (*Be sure to select appropriately.) If you do not already have one, create a Slideroom Account for free. (Those new to Slideroom will need to activate your email in order to proceed.) Once logged in, follow the prompts for questions and upload your document. Please note it is free to submit your supplement materials. Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact our main office at [email protected] georgetown. edu (new window) .
If you are interested in multiple performing arts programs, please feel free to submit in each accordingly. For example, if you are interested in dance and music please consider providing media that corresponds to each so that reviewing faculty can effectively review your work.
Subsequent inquiries regarding the status of your Georgetown University application should be directed to the Undergraduate Admissions Office (new window) . We are not able to comment on the status of your materials.
Thank you for your interest in the Department of Performing Arts!
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Alumni Career Services is proud to offer alumni the opportunity to connect with our certified career services consultant. Our consultant offers resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn review services, in addition to 30-minute coaching and mock interview sessions. Explore the tiers below to see which package may be right to help reach your career goals!
You will receive your fully reviewed documents and personalized feedback within 10-14 business days. If you are purchasing coaching or mock interview sessions, the consultant will coordinate with you to schedule your session within 14 business days of your initial request. Please contact Alumni Career Services at [email protected] with any questions.
Review Services & Pricing:
- One Document Critique (resume, cover letter, or LinkedIn profile) : $50
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- To submit your document(s) for review or sign up for individual coaching sessions, simply fill out and upload your documents through the Document Submission Form . You will be assessed a fee of $50 per document you submit for review.
- You must upload your documents in Microsoft Word format.
- After document submission, you will receive an email that provides constructive feedback and advice to help you land the career you desire. If you sign up for additional coaching services, you will be contacted by our consultant directly to schedule a meeting time.
- Please be aware that we sometimes experience a high volume of requests for reviews and coaching sessions. We do our very best to adhere to the 10-14 business day turnaround time. You will be contacted via email if we experience any delays.
- Under certain circumstances, more information may be needed about your work experience and/or expectations. If we need additional information, you will be contacted via email with a request for more details. Your speed and cooperation upon receiving such a request will determine the amount of time necessary to review your resume.
- Having a clear career goal and job search strategy can greatly assist our office in the document review process and tailored coaching sessions.
- Please keep in mind that if you are trying to meet a deadline, we may be unable to provide a critique in the time that you require. Documents are reviewed on a first-received, first-served basis.
- If you have made changes to a resume, cover letter, or profile that we already reviewed and wish for our consultant to re-review it, your request for a second look will be placed in the queue and processed in the order it was received. Please those who wish to resubmit their document will receive a $10 discount code, so the resubmission fee will be $40 per document.
- Trends and styles of resumes and cover letters change over time and vary by industry. It is common for feedback to vary from person to person as well. The information provided by Alumni Career Services’ staff should be considered a recommendation; it cannot guarantee your ability to secure a job interview, a job, or entry into an educational program. We highly recommend that you have your resume, cover letter, and/or LinkedIn profile reviewed by a trusted colleague, friend, or someone from the industry where you are seeking employment.
For more information, please contact Alumni Career Services at [email protected] .
Resume writing tips, active verbs.
Always use active verbs when describing previous accomplishments on your resume:
Accomplished Achieved Adapted Adjusted Administered Advertised Advised Analyzed Applied Approved Assessed Awarded Budgeted Briefed Built Calculated Catalogued Chaired Coached Collaborated Communicated Completed Conceptualized Conducted Consulted Coordinated Counseled Created Defined Delegated Demonstrated Designed Determined Detailed Developed Devised Directed Drafted Edited Educated Established Evaluated Examined Facilitated Founded Generated Governed Guided Handled Headed Hired Identified Implemented Increased Influenced Informed Initiated Innovated Inspected Invented Led Maintained Managed Mapped Marketed Mediated Moderated Modified Monitored Motivated Negotiated Obtained Operated Ordered Organized Participated Performed Persuaded Planned Presented Proposed Provided Publicized Published Recommended Redesigned Recruited Regulated Renewed Reported Represented Researched Reviewed Revised Served (as) Standardized Supervised Surveyed Synthesized Taught Tested Trained Utilized Verified Wrote
Categories and Content
While there are some necessary categories to include in your resume—such as contact information, education, and professional experience—you have some leeway with the other categories you include, as well as the name you present for your categories. For example, you could list your work history in a general category, such as Professional Experience or Work Experience. Or, if you’ve always worked in one particular field that you would like to emphasize, you could label it Research Experience, Political Experience, or something else. Categories outside of the professional realm could include Volunteer or Leadership Experience, Computer and/or Language Skills, Presentations, Publications, and others. Volunteer and other unpaid experiences can be just as important to include as paid jobs. Use the best approach for you based on your experience and the job (or internship) you want. Always think relevancy.
Avoid all personal pronouns and minimize articles (i.e., “an,” “a,” and “the”). The document must be free of spelling, grammatical, and punctuation mistakes. Spell out acronyms. Avoid jargon; use lay language instead. Be careful about potentially controversial items (such as political parties, religious organizations, etc.) if you’re not looking to work within the specific field/mindset.
Contact information: You should list your name, address, a telephone number, and e-mail (without the hyperlink). Try to list only one telephone number to make it easier for the employer to know how to reach you. Only provide the telephone number that has a professional voicemail message and will always be answered professionally.
Objective: There are very few occasions when you will need an objective on your resume. If you are sending a cover letter, that will more than suffice for providing context to your resume, which is the basic mission of an objective. An objective might be useful for recent undergraduate alumni. If you decide to write an objective, it should be specific enough to have meaning (and be targeted for the specific job/organization), but not so specific that it potentially locks you out of other possibilities. It’s a balancing act. Plus, you want to keep it concise. Beyond the position itself, don’t mention anything that you want to get out of it (such as “growth” or a “challenge”). If anything is mentioned at all, you want to talk about the types of skills you’ll contribute. Too often, people use vague, meaningless objective statements (such as “A challenging position providing growth opportunities”) that are more of a space taker than anything helpful.
Profile/summary of qualifications: Again, if you are sending a cover letter, that will more than suffice for providing context to your resume. However, for people with experience (generally 10+ years), you might consider adding a profile or summary of qualifications on your resume.
As an undergraduate you may have utilized an objective statement on your resume. Once you have gained significant experience in your industry/field, however, a summary statement may be a better way to highlight key skills and strengths. A professional summary allows you to pick out the most salient information from your resume that is quantifiable and specific-skill driven. Summary statements may be adjusted to correlate with the particular job description you are applying for (e.g., include industry “buzz words” and particular organization needs).
Your personal summary should present you clearly and succinctly. Include information such as your profession, areas of expertise, types of organizations/environments you have worked in, and unique skills.
For more information and a sample, visit http://workbloom.com/articles/resume/professional-resume-summary.aspx .
Example of a Professional Summary:
- Higher Education administrator with more than eight years in the field.
- Extensive experience programming, planning, and implementing strategic goals.
- Volunteer management expertise and supervisory skills.
- Professional association annual conference planning experience.
- Increased student appointments by 25 percent over a two-year period.
Professional experience: An entry does not have to be a paid one to be included in this section. You don’t have to include everything you’ve ever done. However, now is not the time to be modest either (but you must be honest, of course). Always think about your content in terms of what’s relevant.
You should include five elements for each entry—title, organization, location, dates, and description (but not necessarily in that order). When describing what you did, use meaningful active verbs that communicate the skill involved, such as “organize,” “manage,” coordinate,” and “research.” (See more verbs at the end of the resume section.) If you are actively doing such activities, you should use present tense verbs. Verbs should be in the past tense for anything done in the past or any fully completed tasks at a current job. Avoid any descriptions beginning with generic statements such as “Responsible for” or “Duties included.” Think about the skills required at the job that you want. Indicate (honestly) where you have demonstrated these skills throughout your experiences. Be concise; always think about what is relevant and what message each item is communicating. Use a minimum amount of words to maximize what you’re communicating.
Quantify information whenever possible if it will enhance the description. Doing so can provide a context and scope for the skill involved. You can quantify your description in many ways—amounts (e.g., budget size, number of pages/reports written/articles published), numbers of people, levels of people (e.g., corporate executives, board members, interdepartmental), how often, and more. If the dates occur in the same year, you only need to list the year once. You should consider including the five elements for other experience-related categories on your resume (such as Volunteer or Leadership).
You can use bullets or a paragraph format to present this information. Bullets are preferred and highly recommended for any for-profit jobs/internships. It is easier to see a person’s skills when using bullets. However, paragraph format saves space, which may come in handy.
An example would be:
Pharmaceutical Sales Representative XYZ Company, Philadelphia, PA (March 1999-present)
- Met with doctors in both private practice and hospital settings to promote the awareness of gastrointestinal drug innovations.
- Covered three states and more than 110 clients.
- Increased sales revenues by 20 percent within first year.
- Awarded citation for excellence in customer service (2001).
- Aided in the implementation of new software for sales representatives to track effectiveness and provide more extensive pharmaceutical background.
- Extremely familiar with FDA approval methodology and regulations.
- Founded monthly networking group for new sales representatives to share information and learn from experienced company leaders.
Other experience-related categories: If you include additional categories—such as Research, Leadership, or Volunteer—try and use the same format (or at least one that is very similar) as the one you used for your work/professional experience. It makes it easier on the person looking at your resume. Consistency is key.
Presentations/publications: If you have any presentations or publications, it would benefit you to highlight them in a separate section. These serve as demonstrated proof that you have good communications skills, something every employer wants in an employee.
Affiliations: List any relevant professional associations of which you are a member or serve in a leadership capacity.
Related training: If you have completed relevant specialized training or professional development, you may want to highlight it in a separate section. You could also include it in a job description or in your education section. Include any professional associations you are a part of and any leadership roles or involvement in those associations. For example, did you help plan a conference, serve on a board, co-chair a committee? Also include any relevant training you may have undergone within and outside your company. Languages, licenses, certifications, military experience, publications, and/or technical skills also should be listed.
Skills: This is a very important section. You can list computer and language skills separately if you want to emphasize each or combine them into a general skills category with computer and language as subheaders. For computer skills, you can simply list the applications you know or you can divide the applications into the levels at which you know them.
If you list language skills, do not present the years you studied the language. Rather, you want to list the level at which you can speak, read, and converse. If you can do all three at the same level, you can just list the language and the level (such as “Spanish: Fluent” or “Proficient in Spanish”). If you have different levels, you may wish to write them out.
Some people want to highlight travel or other items that might not fit elsewhere. It is possible to list these items under the general skills section with another subheader to provide some context for what those items represent.
Education: List your undergraduate and any graduate degrees in reverse chronological order. Include the degree, university, location (city and state; list country if it’s outside of the United States or if you’re an international student), and the date you graduated (not necessarily in that order). You do not need to list the dates during which you attended.
If you have studied abroad, present that experience as a stand alone entry. Other items you may wish to include in the Education category are concentrations, minors, honors, related awards, certificates, relevant coursework, and a thesis. If you are applying for a consulting job, put your GPAs (undergraduate and graduate) on your resume, unless they are under 3.0. Even if you use bullets in other sections, you typically don’t use bullets in the Education section. Do not include high school unless you know it would be highly relevant to the employer. For a thesis (formerly called the practicum), you can list it with the title in italics—Thesis: This is the Title of Your Thesis . In most cases, the Education section will be at the end of your resume. However, if you recently graduated or your degrees are the most important message of your resume (for a career transition, the Education section can be listed first).
Honors/awards: In general, it usually makes sense for these entries to be presented under the related category rather than a separate one. For example, education related honors and awards would be included with the specific school entry where the item was received or achieved. Awards received at jobs would be listed with that job’s description (such as “Received employee of the year award in 2000”).
Interests/personal: Including an interest section should be considered thoroughly before doing so. Some people have items that are always noted positively during an interview. Those are interest items you probably want to keep. However, listing your general interests rarely involves anything relevant and just takes up space. You should avoid listing personal information unless it is specially requested; you should only provide it if the employer is credible. Some international employers will ask for what might be considered in the United States as non-standard information.
References: Don’t include references on your resume nor a mention of providing references, such as “References available upon request.” In doing so, you’re just taking up space. If you want the job and the employer asks for references, you’ll provide references. You should have a separate document for references (see later sections for tips and an example).
The document should have a consistent and professional look. Do not feel limited by the margins a computer program gives you, the resume you used to have, or the layout that other people use. Because your background/experience is unique, your resume can be too.
Highlight key information by placement on the page as well as the use of formatting tools, such as bold, italics, all caps, etc. The more you use formatting, the less effective it can be, so use these elements carefully. Proper size ranges from 10-12 for the traditional Times New Roman typeface. Your name, as the main header of the entire document, should be bigger. And category headers can be a bit bigger. If you use a different font, make sure it is easy to read. Don’t use special characters that not everyone will have.
Stay away from template formats! Your resume will resemble other resumes in the pile. Templates also force you to format your resume in a way that may not be conducive to your needs. Use caution if using a professional resume service. The very process of creating and updating your resume is an exercise in self-assessment that is key to the job search and interviewing. Being very familiar with your accomplishments, skills, and areas of expertise are crucial. Who knows you better than yourself?
Resumes can be one or two pages. If you are applying for a job in the for-profit sector, a one-page resume is preferred. If you have a two-page resume, you need to put your name and “Page 2” or “Page Two” on the second page. Generally, the rule of thumb is if you have five or more years of experience you may need a two-page resume. Unless you are writing a curriculum vita, resumes should be no more than two pages. If you do have a second page, make sure you use the entire page. Utilize your formatting to display information on either one or two pages so it is easily readable and the most salient information tops the first page.
A resume should have a clean, readable, and easy to follow format and look balanced on the page. It should be laser printed on neutral-colored, resume paper (typically cotton or linen bond). Avoid “gimmicks,” such as textured or graphic-laden paper stock.
There are a number of resume types. Most people use a chronological resume, which presents your experience in a reverse chronological order. This is the preferred format with employers. A functional resume groups accomplishments using skill categories (e.g.., management experience, communications experience, technical expertise, etc) rather than using separate job entries. However, some people use functional resumes to hide gaps, which is why functional resumes tend to be viewed with suspicion. One way to address that is to use a combination of chronological and functional—showing skill categories but also including a brief work history—rather than just a functional approach. This type of resume is typically used in career transitions to emphasize transferable skills. Employer information also is included in a ume after the skill areas and accomplishments are enumerated. As with all resumes, bulk the most important information toward the top of the resume when choosing a functional format. For additional information and examples of functional and combination resumes go to:
A curriculum vitae is a document that comprises all of your professionally-related activities. It can be any length. Many international organizations accept a CV. Specific fields, such as academia, require a CV. See the CV section for more information.
In addition, some organizations (such as some U.S. government agencies and international organizations) request resumes in a specific format or special items to be added. You will need to follow these requests on a case-by-case basis. However, do not put items such as marital status or Social Security Number on your resume unless required by a reputable organization.
The sections that follow focus on the reverse chronological resume.
If you know that your resume will be scanned, you do not want to include graphics of any kind, including lines. You also don’t want any formatting that has characters touching each other (such as italics or underline).
- Avoid any spelling, punctuation, or grammatical errors—always run spell check after any changes and have someone else look over your resume before you send it! You don’t want to give an employer any reason to screen you out.
- Do not use any personal pronouns (such as “I” and “their”)
- Minimize articles (“a,” “an,” and “the”)
- Be consistent!
- Do not include your marital status, Social Security Number, salaries, work addresses, supervisor, and other such information unless specifically asked for by a credible organization
- Make sure your resume is easily readable!
- Remember , a resume might help you get an interview, but not the job. The interview is the vehicle for getting the job.
Some people have more than one resume depending on the types of jobs and internships they’re seeking. You can target your resume in many ways, such as using different categories and changing some of the entries, especially in the categories outside of the work/professional section. Use the language from the job announcement throughout your resume. If you have some gaps in your work history, you can’t change that. However, you don’t want to take entries out that will create major gaps. Other ways to target your resume are to change the order of the descriptions under each experience entry or to add more specifics to your description.
A cover letter is your opportunity to package and present everything you have to offer that is relevant to the employer in a format that brings items together in a way that a resume cannot. Each letter MUST be targeted to a specific job. NEVER send a generic letter.
The letter should be addressed to a person. In the very few instances where you cannot find a person’s name, it’s best to use a title. Avoid “To Whom It May Concern” or other vague salutations unless the application instructions tell you to use that.
A cover letter also serves as a writing sample. Employers read cover letters. Think of it this way, if you can’t write about yourself—a subject about which you are the undisputed expert—in an articulate and compelling way, how can you write something for a client or an organization?
In general, cover letters should be 3-4 paragraphs and no longer than one page total. Each paragraph should have a main theme, whether that is a specific set of skills, type of experiences, or something else. The letter should flow easily from one paragraph to the next and be a logical presentation of why you are the natural candidate for the position.
- Why them (1 paragraph). Tell what it is about the job and/or organization that interests you (e.g., the mission, focus/scope of work, reputation, projects or products, etc.). This is the most targeted paragraph of the letter.
- Why you (1-2 paragraphs). Package your experience/background/skills in a way that addresses exactly what the organization seeks in candidates. Two paragraphs are for two distinct ideas (e.g., one paragraph for academic background and another for professional experience, one paragraph for research experience and the other for remaining experience, etc.).
- Next step (1 paragraph). Talk about how you will follow up (e.g., you will call within the next few weeks or something to that effect). Don’t include this if the job description says no calls. Adding a summary statement and restating your interest in the position works here as well. End with a thank you: “Thank you for your time and consideration.”
Remember to address all of the qualifications that you have that the organization wants. Go through a job description and highlight the key skills, especially those that are repeated to ensure you’ve covered everything. Use the language from the job announcement throughout your cover letter (and resume) to demonstrate the relevance of your experience and your understanding of what the organization wants. Never mention anything negative or say you don’t have a skill/experience (such as “Although I haven’t…).
Be concise and make your point succinctly and directly. Proofread to ensure no mistakes. Don’t forget to sign your letter (yes, this happens).
At times, an employer will ask for salary requirements as part of the application. Don’t give a number. You don’t want to price yourself out of the competition by listing something too high nor do you want to undersell yourself. Instead, you can write that your salary requirements are negotiable or that you are sure that they offer a competitive package and look forward to discussing the job in further detail (or something to that effect).
Remember, a cover letter might help you get an interview, but not the job. The interview is the vehicle for getting the job. A sample cover letter can be found at the end of this Job Search Guide.
If you are e-mailing a resume and cover letter, you can put the cover letter in the message section of the e-mail itself. You could attach it, but then you’d need to include some type of message in the body of the message, which is redundant. Format the cover letter exactly like a regular cover letter, with your return address; the date; the recipient’s name, title, organization, and address; the salutation (“Dear Mr./Ms. X:”); the letter; the closing (“Sincerely”); your name; and then “Attachment” below (to indicate that you’ve attached your resume). Of course, you should follow directions if an employer requests a specific way to send your cover letter and resume.
Sample Cover Letter
Sample Cover Letter PDF
Curricula Vitae (CV)
A resume is an individually designed summary (usually one or two pages) of personal, educational, and experience qualifications intended to demonstrate fit for a particular position or type of position. A resume focuses attention on an individual’s strongest qualifications and develops them to fit the specific or general purpose for which the material is provided.
A curriculum vitae (CV or vita) is a comprehensive biographical statement (of any length) emphasizing professional qualifications and activities. Typically a CV is used for academic, international, research, scientific or educational arenas and/or for scholarship/fellowship applications. (Applying for positions internationally can be a bit tricky. Be sure to research the country you are applying within to find out what information they would like included in the CV. It may differ from the U.S. standard.)
Unless requested by name, it is usually unwise to send a vita in a first contact. If a resume is requested, send a one- or two-page, tightly drawn document with the notation that a vita will be sent later upon request. It is far better to start out with a one- or two-page resume than it is to stifle the reader’s interest by prematurely sending an overly long vita. (Excerpted from “Writing a Vita: For a Higher Education Job Search,” University Career Services, University of Virginia.)
Vitae and resumes both have similar purposes—marketing documents that provide key information about your skills, experiences, education, and personal qualities that show you as the ideal candidate. Where a resume and a curriculum vitae differ is their use, format, and length. A curriculum vita tends to be used more for scientific and teaching positions than a resume. Thus, vitae tend to provide great detail about academic and research experiences. Where resumes tend toward brevity, vitae lean toward completeness.
Unlike resumes, there is no set format to vitae. You need to find the balance between indicating the depth of your qualifications and providing too much information.
Typical Categories or Headings
(Excerpted from “Preparing a Curriculum Vitae” by Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D.)
- Personal Information (Name, Address, Phone number(s), Email)
- Academic Background (Postgraduate work; Graduate work/degree(s), major/minors, thesis/dissertation titles, honors; Undergraduate degree(s), majors/minors, honors)
- Professional Licenses/Certifications
- Academic/Teaching Experience (Courses taught, courses introduced; Innovation in teaching; Teaching evaluations)
- Technical and Specialized Skills
- Related/Other Experience (Other work experience)
- Professional/Academic Honors and Awards
- Professional Development (Conferences/workshops attended, other activities)
- Research/Scholarly Activities (Journal articles, Conference proceedings, Books, Chapters in books, Magazine articles, Papers presented/workshops, Ezine articles, Work currently under submission, Work in progress)
- Service (Academic, Professional, Community)
- Academic/Research Interests
- Foreign Language Abilities/Skills
- Volunteer Work
Some Miscellaneous Tips
- Do not mix styles in any category; be consistent in format
- Do not use double entries; do not list a citation or activity more than once
- Do not mix chronological orders
- Good vitae are…summaries and contain no complete sentences and little punctuation; use short phrases, succinct word choice, and action verbs
Get yourself noticed through creating a professional set of job application materials including a CV or resume and cover letter, prepare for a standard or case interview, learn how to network, or add marketable skills by using the resources below.
Create an Application that Stands Out
The CV (or resume) is a document that summarizes your education, experience, and skills in a concise manner for an employer. CVs can be formatted in a variety of ways but must be easy to read, consistent, and free of errors.
- Resume Templates
- Action Verbs
- Resume Worded templates– offering ATS friendly resumes
- Sample Resumes
- Prospects CV Guide has a number of example CVs for different scenarios along with guidance about Video and Creative CVs
- CoolFree CVs for creative industries
- Cultivated Culture Resume Design Templates , NovoResume
- Assess your resume before submitting using ResumeWorded
A writing sample is a supplemental document for a job application often requested for jobs that include a significant amount of writing, like those in journalism, marketing, public relations and research.
A writing sample can be Written assignments, Research & narrative papers from a job or class, Blog posts, Press releases, Articles.
Writing Samples Guidelines Guide to Submitting Writing Samples
Cover letters describe how your experience, qualifications and competencies match the job for which you are applying, and distinguish you from other job seekers by highlighting what makes you the best match for the position. They are brief (3-4 paragraphs), targeted to the position, and focus on the most relevant parts of your background.
Employers use cover letters to determine your level of interest, writing ability, and suitability for the position. A well-written cover letter can help get you to the interview stage. A poorly written cover letter can severely damage your chances, even if you are highly qualified.
- Guidelines and Checklist for Cover Letter Writing
- Prospects Cover Letter Guide
- Sample Cover Letter
- Sample Cover Letter with Guidelines
- Download sample cover letter with guidelines
General interview preparation.
A job interview is usually the final step in the application process and determines whether or not you will be hired. It is essential that you prepare and practice in advance! For example:
- Prepare answers to typical interview questions and rehearse your answers with the career counselor, colleagues, or friends
- Be prepared to discuss your skills and to provide specific, real-life examples of how these have been demonstrated.
- Dress professionally, arrive 10 minutes early, and turn your phone off
- Be positive; avoid making any negative statements during the entire interview
- After the interview: 1- Ask each interviewee for their business card; 2-Send a thank you note to the interviewers via email 48 hours after the interview thanking them for their time, expressing how excited you are about the opportunity, and expanding on anything you forgot to say during the interview.
Case Interview Preparation
Virtual Consulting Experience helps you prepare for case interviews, and understand what a career in consulting may look like.
- View case interview preparation resources
- Access guideline to navigating case interviews here
- How to prepare for your interivew by Roland Berger
- Microsoft Guide to Handling Student and Fresh Grad Interviews
Networking is the process of developing personal and professional contacts in order to give and receive information, advice, referrals, and support. Career Services hosts events to facilitate networking with local employers and alumni.
- About Networking
- Hoya Gateway Network
- Information Gathering Interviews
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Mastering Your Scientific Cover Letter
By Timothy Ring BGE Career Strategy & Professional Development
A cover letter comprises a crucial component of any application. This post will show you simple steps you can take to ensure your cover letter is professional, clear, and concise. It will also show you how to highlight how well you match with the employer, rather than merely summarizing your CV or resume.
Your goal is to grab attention and present an image of who you are professionally in a short paragraph.
- Identify yourself and your goals – Give a brief introduction of yourself, what position you are applying for, and how you found out about it.
- Research the employer – Gain a thorough understanding of not just the job description but also the employer’s mission and values, which you should be able to find through a search of their website. If you can’t find anything on their site, this could be a great time to reach out to someone that works there for an informational interview.
- Introduce the skills you have that make you a match with what the company is looking for – Share what you learned about the employer that you admire. If this is a research assistant position, it may be referencing a publication of the Principal Investigator. If it is a company, you may mention one of their values that really resonates with you, and a very brief reason for why. Overall, focus more on why you would benefit the employer, and not the other way around. This brings us to the last part – close by introducing what skills you bring to the table that make you an ideal candidate for the position. The actual job description is a good place to look to determine which skills you could emphasize! You will expand upon these skills in your cover letter’s body.
The Body Paragraph(s)
Your goal is to show your skills and how they make you a match for the position.
- Promote the idea that you are a great match with the company – Within a body paragraph, or several paragraphs if you choose, highlight each of the skills you just introduced. We recommend 3 skills so that you show a diverse skill set, but keep the letter brief. One way to format this is shown in our cover letter template . Make sure to emphasize the clear message that you would be a valuable asset to have on the team.
- Show what value you have brought, and what you will bring – For each skill, demonstrate past experience in which you used and developed that skill, and explain how this will useful for this position and benefit the employer. Try to be as specific as possible both in regards to your accomplishments as well as how your skills align with the employer’s current goals.
Your goal is to summarize what you shared above and invite follow
- Summarize – Tie everything together here. Be sure to emphasize how well you match with what the employer is looking for and how your skills will transfer to this new position.
- Invite follow up – To invite follow up from the employer, close with something such as “Thank you for considering my application. If you have any questions for me, please do not hesitate to contact me by phone or email.” Make sure you have that information provided in your cover letter!
- Edit – Make sure you proofread and have made your letter as focused and concise as possible. Leave it to sit for a day and then come back to it and trim anything that does not present you as a great match for the company.
This post was adapted in part from a Science Magazine article .
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Cover letters describe how your experience, qualifications and competencies match the job for which you are applying, and distinguish you from other job seekers by highlighting what makes you the best match for the position. They are brief (3-4 paragraphs), targeted to the position, and focus on the most relevant parts of your background.
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