Strong resumes, cover letters, and thank you notes are essential elements in any great job search. Stand-out job correspondence can help you “get your foot in the door,” while bad resumes and letters will get tossed in the trash, along with your hopes of landing a good job.
Here’s how we can help:
• Resume Worksheet
• Sample Resume for Undergraduates
• Sample Resume for Graduate/ Alumni
• Writing an Effective Resume PowerPoint
• Cover Letter Example
• Cover Letter PowerPoint
Thank you Letters
• Thank You Letter Example
• Thank You Letter PowerPoint
Recommendation Request Letter
• Sample Request for a Recommendation Letter
Other Helpful Handouts/ Videos
Drop your resume or cover letter off at the front desk and have it critiqued and ready for you to pick up within 24 hours.
Vault Career Library and Career Center Resource Library
All of these resources can improve the design and content of your job search correspondence.
Click here for the Career Center catalogue.
Click here to log into your EmployUM account and access Vault Career Library.
Meet with a Career Advisor
Sit down and discuss your resume with a trained professional. Discuss the strengths and weakness of your job correspondence and brainstorm ways to improve those documents. Call the Career Center to set up an appointment with a Career Advisor 662-915-7174.
Information on Federal Job Searches
The “Search Jobs” button on the USAJobs homepage takes you to a central job search screen. Sort jobs by geographic location, job category, pay grade or salary, or by entering a key word that you think might be found in a job you're interested in.
The Key Word Search helps you narrow your search to only those positions that fit your expertise and experience. For example if you type “electrical engineer” you will see only those jobs that match your description.
The Location Search allows you to see jobs that are open in a specific place.
The Job Category Search allows you to tailor listings to your personal skills and interests.
The Salary Range and Pay Grade Range (GS) Search can help make sure that you don't browse through jobs that are either above or below your level of expertise and education. If you have a bachelor’s degree, you should use the Pay Grade Range boxes and select GS-5 through GS-7. If you have a master's degree, you should begin your search at the GS-9 level. If you've had an extensive work record, these guidelines may not be quite right— keep searching with the Pay Grade Range until you find a level that you think best fits your education and experience.
Once you're happy with the way your search is set up, you select “Save this search and email me jobs” link at the bottom of the page. To use this feature, you will be directed to create an account. Do so and also gain access to post your resume so employers can search for you as well.
Go to makingthedifference.org to find more tips.