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Resumes, Cover Letters, Writing Samples, and Thank You Notes


  • Lisa's Resume Guide

  • a great website with tons of resources
  • 12 tiny changes that make your resume easy for recruiters to skim

  • A great resume and interviewing guide from NACE (The National Association of Colleges and Employers)

  • Resumes: Avoiding the No Pile

  • 5 Insidious Mistakes that might be ruining your job search

  • 12 Most unusual job applications.

    CareerBuilder surveyed hiring managers to find some of the most outrageously unusual job applications. Some of these make John C. Reilly and Will Ferrell's characters in Step Brothers seem like top-tier applicants!

  • Online Resumes - how to stand out in an automated application.

    Once you graduate, your resume is more likely to be screened by a computer than a person (unlike in co-op). Read about tricks to "make the cut".


    A good cover letter tells them what you are applying for and how you heard about the position. It also links your skills to what they have asked for in the job description. It shows you have done some research on them and tells them how you can help them.....Good Luck!

  • A great Prezi about how to write a cover letter from my colleague

  • Cover Letter Basics. Read this handout.

  • A great cover letter guide overview from NU Career Development

  • Here is a "lecture" from my class with a cover letter going from good to best.

    Be sure to open it in 2 page view so you can read the description and cover letter at the same time. (You might need to download it and open it outside of a browser to have that choice...but it is worth it!

  • A great cover letter guide from NACE (The National Association of Colleges and Employers)

  • Cover Letter Do's and Dont's

  • Writing an Effective Cover Letter for nonprofits

  • TIPS from NPR on how NOT to write your cover letter.


    You are asked to submit a writing sample for a job....what do you do? Basically, you need to choose or write something based on the style of writing they will need for the job: such as persuasive (for marketing or PR), analysis - summary - abstract (for research), creative, or social media style.

    So think about what they need you to do - and give them something that shows you can write the way they would need you to.

    Read more about how to choose/prepare a good writing sample for an Interview. Here are a few hints on how to do this well.

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  • Sample Thank You Letter

  • Sample #2 Thank You Letter

  • Sample #3 Thank You Letter