Crafting the Perfect Cover Letter: Fast Tips

We all know resumes are important, but did you know your cover letter has the ability to set you apart from other applicants? Often overlooked, the cover letter is actually a very important component when it comes to getting hired! Here are some fast tips on crafting the perfect cover letter for you.

Show off your personality! Your cover letter gives you the ability to make the person on your resume come to life. Explain your interest in the field and make sure to research ahead so you can sprinkle some company knowledge throughout the letter.

Opening lines are key. Make sure you hook the employer with your first sentence. They have to read a lot of cover letters and you want to stand out in their mind.

Keep it short. Taking up more than a page isn’t necessary.

Elaborate. Share your experiences and why they’d make you a good fit for the position to which you are applying. You don’t just want to be listing off what’s on your resume, but rather what you did in previous roles and how it has shaped you!

Check it! Go over your cover letter multiple times to check for spelling mistakes and grammatical errors. One small mix-up and you could look like a rookie.

 

Check out the CNU Center for Career Planning for any cover letter or resume questions you may have, and keep up the job and internship searches, Captains!

Advice For Your Job Search

Looking for a job? Here is some advice:istock_000009503354large-480x300

While looking for a job may be stressful, there is no doubt that the journey in acquiring one is always unique – simply embrace it and prepare. The key is to develop great strategies that will help you attain that job. Here are a few tips:

  • Set aside some alone time and assess yourself. What are your strengths and weaknesses? Focus on a field that you potentially could go into that will use your skills/strengths and are a match for your interests.
  • Research! Informational interviews can be a great starting point by simply interviewing people that are working in the field you desire to enter. They can offer you insights and advice. Use this opportunity to get your resumes tailored (who better to ask than the people who are working the job you are interested in?).
  • More editing: your resume is a great tool to utilize while job hunting. Once you think you have a top notch resume, tailor it to each job and each employer. Incorporate specific keywords and phrases associated with the field you would like to go into.
  • Organize yourself – creating a spreadsheet of the list of jobs you are interested in can help. The point is to develop a system of organization that will aid you in your job search.
  • Build up your network of contacts – you get jobs by talking to people!
  • Develop anecdotes that will display the skills you have gained through other experiences. People remember stories! Use them while networking as well as in interviewing situations.
  • Prepare for job interviews – practice voicing out common answers to common questions employers like asking.
  • Follow up with hiring managers.

Expect the job search to be tough. In reality it is difficult to find a job. It might take months to obtain the right opportunity and get the position you desire. Start early and come to the Center for Career Planning (CCP) for help! We provide individual appointments to help you explore your options, get connected with professionals, find opportunities and prepare your application materials and for interviews.

 

Getting the Most Out of Your Internship!

So you finally did it – after countless hours going over your resume and networking and doing all sorts of applications, you scored that internship!
But the work doesn’t stop there; it’s actually just beginning. You may have gotten the internship, but you still need to do some legwork in order to have a successful time at your chosen company. After searching multiple sources for the best tips on having a successful internship, we’ve chosen ten important pieces of advice when it comes to being the best intern you can be:

1. To start, make sure you have done your research on your new employer and come in with a good knowledge of the company’s culture and what they do!

2. Don’t look at your position as that of “just an intern.” You should be treating it as a real job and going in every day with a positive and eager mindset.

3. The small things go a long way – always arrive early and be on time to events. Remember to ask for new tasks once you’ve completed others. Paying attention to detail is key!

4. Don’t be afraid to ask questions! The whole point of your internship is to learn, and you can’t do that if you’re sitting back and letting things pass you by.

5. Remember to be networking while on the job. If possible, find a mentor who you can still keep in touch with after your internship is complete. Mentors are wonderful sources for job advice in the field you’re interested in, and they can often help you when it comes to finding a job post grad.

6. Ask for feedback and constructive criticism along the way. No one gets things perfect the first time around, and it’s best to learn from what you are doing rather than remaining stagnant. Now is the time to learn and grow from your experiences! Your employer likely has many years of experience in the field you’re passionate about, and their input is invaluable.

7. Advocate for yourself while remaining respectful. In no scenario should your internship bear a resemblance to that of Anne Hathaway’s in The Devil Wears Prada.

8. Remain positive! Sometimes the work you do won’t be thrilling but having a good attitude goes a long way for employers. Showing your enthusiasm and eagerness to learn is key.

9. Look at your internship as an opportunity instead of a resume booster. It is so much more than a new line you can put on your resume.

10. Finally, dress professionally! It’s another way to show how important your position is to you, and it’s an impressive way to put your best foot (or shoe!) forward.

Good luck, Captains! You’ve got this.