Well-developed professional materials will open the door for you to meet and interview with employers. To have your application materials reviewed, schedule a counseling appointment via Handshake, or stop by our drop-in hours. Career counseling can help guide you with every aspect of career exploration and development. Meet with an experienced career counselor in a one-on-one session to clarify career goals, develop an action plan, or enhance search strategies for internships or jobs.
Discover tips, tricks, and strategies in our Hoos Career Guide, and view the links below to prepare your application materials.
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. Check out the Resume Myths podcast episode on the UVA Career Center podcast Work in Progress on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and SoundCloud.
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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. Check out the What to Cover in a Cover Letter podcast episode on the UVA Career Center podcast Work in Progress on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and SoundCloud.
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.
- How to start your references
- Reference examples can be found on pg. 41 of the Hoos Career Guide
- Letters of Recommendation
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.
Career Communities are a great way to learn more about opportunities in the fields of your choice!