A resume is an opportunity for you to make a strong first impression with an employer. Crafted effectively, your resume will set you apart from other candidates and is used by employers to select candidates for an interview. In addition to summarizing your experience and education, a strong resume will communicate the results of your work.
Your cover letter makes the link between the qualifications in your resume and the requirements of the position. Make it succinct, relevant, and well-worded. Use this document to answer questions. Can you do the job? Why are you interested? Use this space to professionally explain any gaps in employment or unusual major or career changes.
Professional references are those who know you and your work well. Prepare references in advance by letting them know what you are applying for and when you have given their name. Always reconfirm that someone is willing to be a reference
Other Career Guides
Guides on other Career Topics may be found in the Resource Library of UC Merced's Handshake Career Management System