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Well developed professional materials will open the door for you to meet and interview with employers. 

A resume is the first impression that a potential employer will have of you. Present your background and skills in a way that captures their attention with tips from each of these sections. 

Cover letters and references are essential additions to the application process. They provide an opportunity to elaborate on themes from your resume and market yourself as the best candidate. While the resume provides an overview of your background, the cover letter gives you the platform to highlight those aspects of your background that are relevant to the position you are seeking. An effective letter should add value to your application materials, and is your chance to showcase your writing abilities.

References are important to an employer. You can market yourself in whatever way you want, but a recommendation from an outside source is key to showing some of the characteristics and skills that may not be as effectively conveyed on paper. 

Many professional opportunities can come from social media interactions and online networking. It's important to explore the pros and cons of social media and manage yours in a professional fashion. 

A thank you letter should be written after every interview with an employer. Even in cases where your interest in the company is low, a simple thank you note as a follow-up to your interview can help keep your options open for the future. You should always try to leave a good impression.