Crafting Your Application
Searching for opportunities is only half the battle.
Applying for those opportunities takes time and effort.
Our office assists you through every step of the application process: tailoring your resume and cover letter, selecting the right references, drafting your personal statement and perfecting your interview etiquette. Reach out to us to set up an appointment to get started.
First impressions on paper
A resume is an overview of your work history, education, involvements and volunteer work that shows your career background and skills tailored to help you land a job or internship. It’s the first thing your prospective employer or graduate school sees about you so it needs to make a good first impression.
A lot of people don’t even know where to start when it comes to cover letters. It is just a single-page letter introducing yourself, mentioning the opportunity you are applying for and show any skills and experience you have that match the skills and experience needed to do the job. Tip: start with a story.
A curriculum vitae (CV) is similar to a resume, but not the same. Like a resume, a CV communicates your accomplishments, but is different because its content, structure and audience are different. Resumes are used when applying to a position in industry, non-profit and public sectors. CV’s are used when applying to graduate school, fellowships, grants and positions in academia. Visit our Resume VS. Curriculum Vitae (CV) resource to learn more about how to write yours.
Your personal statement
Also known as a statement of purpose or letter of intent, a personal statement is an essay that you typically write when applying to graduate school or scholarship programs. They allow you to share a little about who you are while demonstrating you’re a good fit for the program.
Have good people in your corner
When applying to any opportunity you’ll be asked to provide references or names of people whom a potential employer can contact to find out more about you. It’s important you select faculty, supervisors or coaches who can speak and write favorably about you and your work. It’s also important to ask your those people in advance before putting their name down, especially if you are asking them to write you a letter of recommendation.
Preparing for interviews
You made it to the interview stage. Congratulations! Interviews give employers a chance to learn more about you while you market yourself and your skills. Interviews are also an opportunity for you to learn more about the organization.
We offer practice interviews to help you prepare and an office space in our office to conduct virtual interviews. Reach out to us to request an office space at least 48 hours in advance
Here are few online resources to help you prepare for your interview: