Resume and Interview Preparation

Whether you are job searching or preparing for an interview, you have a lot of work to do to get ready. Check out the following cover letter, resume, & interview tips below and get cramming. With good preparation, you are likely to get a job offer. 

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Cover Letters

Your cover letter needs to stand out since it will possibly determine whether the employer looks at your resume or not. Cover letters usually accompany your resume even if you are sending your materials electronically. If sending by email, you can type the cover letter in the body of the email. You may also choose to attach it (I would do both).  Below are two different formats to consider.  One is the more traditional, three-paragraph letter. The other is a job requirements / skills match letter, sometimes called the two column or "T" letter. 

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Traditional 3-paragraph template (pdf)

"T" letter template, formatted (to be attached or printed as a document) (pdf)

"T" letter template, not formatted (to be used in the body of an email) (pdf)

"T" letter sample, formatted, Administration (pdf)

Traditional 3-paragraph sample, Finance (pdf)

Traditional 3-paragraph sample, English (pdf)

Traditional 3-paragraph sample, Education (pdf)

Resume Assistance

The resume is what gets you the interview, so you need to make sure your resume is going to be read rather than quickly scanned and thrown away. Below are a number of resources to help you.

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Resume Outline Template (pdf)

Achievement Statement Examples (pdf) 

Formula for Writing Objective Statements (pdf)

Action Verbs to use in Resumes (pdf)

Education Resume Example (pdf)

Finance Resume Example (pdf)

Athletics Resume Example (pdf)

Job Scan: Optimize your resume key words to the job description. Job scan is like putting your resume in an applicant tracking system

Interview Prep

Interviews can be very scary, but you can prepare yourself to impress your potential employer and grab the job. Here are a few job interview tips to help you improve your chances of success. 

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Complete List of Behavioral Questions (pdf)

Illegal vs Legal Interview Questions (pdf)

Interview Questions for Teachers (pdf)

Mock Interviews

Interview Questions

 

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