Career Services Center - St. Cloud State University

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Resumes, Vitae, Cover Letters and Portfolios

Resumes - Your resume is a written commercial that summarizes and promotes your greatest qualifications and accomplishments drawing on your most relevant personal, educational, and work experiences. Employers usually spend seven to fifteen seconds pre-screening resumes to find the right candidate! Make yours stand out!

Cover Letters - Cover letters connect your past experiences listed on your resume to your potential future positions and highlight your strengths, accomplishments, and can be tailored to the needs of the company to which you are applying for.

Curriculum Vitae - A curriculum vitae (singular), meaning "course of one's life", is a document that gives much more detail than does a resume about your academic and professional accomplishments. Curricula vitae (plural) are most often used for academic or research positions, whereas resumes are the preferred documents in business and industry.

Additional Letters of Correspondence - By creating a letter that validates your candidacy and appreciation, you are building connections, reminding the employer of your added value, and most importantly increasing your chances for interviews. This includes thank you letters after an interview, acceptance of a job offer, referral letter, following up after a position/possible position, rejecting a job offer and leaving a job.

Portfolios - This is an excellent preparation for supporting your answers to employer's questions. It also forces you to think about which accomplishments will be important to the interviewer. The simple act of preparing a portfolio gives you a better idea of how well you qualify for the position.

References - A reference letter is provided for an employee by people who are familiar with his or her work or character and who have positive remarks to make. Depending on the employees request, the letter can be employment-related, personal, or it can demonstrate the character of the individual.



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