In almost every situation, these documents are the employer’s first impression of your skills and professionalism. As you craft each of these documents you are creating a personal brand for yourself that will precede your face-to-face interaction with an employer.
As you draft these documents, keep the job description at the forefront of your mind. Make sure you emphasize experiences in your resume and examples in your cover letter that are consistent with the skills the company is looking for in their next hire.
Impress employers before you ever shake their hand by creating a flawless resume. Market your skills and experience so your potential employer can quickly see what you could bring to their organization. Use our Skill-Building Directory to make connections between your on-campus involvement and the skills that employers are seeking.
Cover Letters are another important part of impressing an employer and creating your personal brand. The best way to entice an employer to read your resume is to write a cover letter that highlights specific reasons why you would be a good fit for the position.