Applying For Positions


While employers may differ in their requirements, most will require a resume. A cover letter expands upon your interest in the position and a personal interview allows you to verbalize your qualifications. Career Services has many resources to help you.


U.S. resumes may be different than resumes in other countries. U.S. resumes typically

  • Are concise, consisting of brief phrases
  • Consist of one or two pages
  • Focus on relevant experience, education, and skills
  • Contain only contact information and do not include age, religion, or photos.

Cover Letters

Cover letters are unique for each position and relate your qualifications to the employer’s needs. They typically

  • Are only one page
  • Focus more on what the job seeker can offer rather than a description of the employer
  • Expand upon details found in the resume
  • Demonstrate strong writing skills in complete sentences


The interview is the employer’s opportunity to assess your fit for the position and the organization. 

Phone Interviews

Increasingly, employers use phone interviews as an initial screening interview. Speak clearly and slowly in order to be understood.

These two videos offer additional suggestions:

On-line Video Interviews

Some employers use video or video conferencing for interviews. Make sure the technology works well prior to the interview so the interview can focus on the content.

This video offer additional suggestions:

Practice Interviews

Students may benefit from a simulated job interview.

  • Ask friends to practice with you. Sample questions available here.
  • Schedule an appointment with Career Services staff for a mock interview.
  • Big Interview

    Big Interview is an on-demand interview training system to learn interviewing techniques and practice skills in a simulated video interview. Create an account using your email address or contact our office for the access code.