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.