Articulating your skills and experience in a concise and persuasive way is a critical part of the job application process. Career Services provides resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile and portfolio review, as well as general guidance on developing your materials. Below are resources to get you started!
A resume is a brief, persuasive document that highlights your education, skills, and experience for your target audience. It often acts as your first impression to employers. Providing an updated and tailored resume is vital to being noticed by recruiters and passing applicant tracking systems (ATS).
- Resume template
- Sample resumes by program
- Resume review checklist: Do’s, Don’t’s, Things to check for
A cover letter expands on your resume and acts as a persuasive statement for why you are a strong candidate for the position. Your cover letter should include a thesis statement highlighting the skills that make you qualified and supporting paragraphs that provide evidence of your qualifications through stories about your experience. Employers often look at cover letters along with resumes to determine which candidates to interview.
LinkedIn is a powerful tool for building your professional network, exploring career paths, finding job and internship opportunities, and building the skills needed for your future career. LinkedIn also allows you to connect with UW iSchool alumni to set up informational interviews. A complete LinkedIn profile showcases your professional story through your education, experiences, and skills.
Portfolios are websites designed to showcase your projects related to user experience, user research, product design, and more. For design-focused positions, you may be required to submit a portfolio. Employers and recruiters review your portfolio to understand your design values, research skills, and problem-solving approach.
- How to create a PM portfolio
- How to create a UX design portfolio
- How to create a UX research portfolio
- How to create a minimum viable UX design portfolio (External resource)
- Examples of portfolios (External resource)
- How to target your application materials
- Guide of MLIS skills at work (Resource by SJSU iSchool)
- UW Career Guide
To receive feedback on your resume/CV, cover letter, LinkedIn, portfolio, or supplemental job documents (such as diversity statements), email your document to iCareers@uw.edu as a PDF. You may submit each document type up to 2 times per quarter. Job document review is available to current students as well as alumni for up to 1 year following graduation.
To discuss your materials with a career advisor, please make a career advising appointment on Handshake.