Resumes and Interviews

Resumes and Interviews

Resume Help

A student resume is a unique document that draws experience from your current studies and activities supported with related experience and knowledge from your past activities that have relevance to what you want to achieve with your resume. An interesting fact about resumes is that there are FIVE different types of resumes. To find out if you are using the right type of resume for your desired field, contact us today to get your resume perfected.

For a quick guide to get your resume started, follow these four easy steps:

What should your resume include?

  • Name and contact information
  • Education (list of classes you have taken, research projects, GPA, graduation year, academic honors, )
  • Previous and current work experience (nothing is too small)
  • Collegiate activity (sports, clubs/organizations, awards)
  • Points of interests

Cover Letter

A cover letter serves as a way for you to get your resume read by a prospective employer. This letter is what employers see before your resume, so it is something that should be specific and personalized for each job offer you use the letter for. For more information on how to write a cover letter and other types of formal letters during your job search, please see our letter writing tips.

How should your cover letter be structured?

  • Paragraph 1: reveal your purpose for applying for the open position, how you found the job opening (school office, newspaper, LinkedIn), introduce your themes (education, career interests, work experience)
  • Paragraph 2: outline your strongest qualifications that are inline with the themes you mentioned in paragraph 1, provide evidence of your experiences and accomplishments, be sure to reference these accomplishments in your resume
  • Paragraph 3: Convince the employer that you have the right personal qualities and motivation to perform the position, this is your chance to sell yourself
  • Paragraph 4: request an interview, show appreciate to the reader for taking time to read your cover letter

Check out this example cover letter:

cover letter example

Interview Help

The interview is one of the last steps in the hiring process. During the interview, the employer is getting to know you and you are getting to know them. These interview tips will help you understand how to prepare yourself, what to expect during the interview, and how to properly follow up with the employer. Our office would love to help you prepare for an upcoming interview.

Questions employers may ask you:

  • Tell me about yourself?
  • Why do you want to work for our company?
  • what is your greatest weakness?
  • What do you know about our company or have you done research about us?
  • What have you done through work experience, school, internships, volunteer work, etc. to prepare you for this job?
  • Do you consider yourself a leader or a follower?
  • Why should we hire you?
  • Do you have an example of a conflict that you have dealt with, and how did you handle it?

Questions you should ask employers:

  • Can you tell me about the type of environment within your office or company?
  • What is the usual promotional time frame?
  • Has there been a lot of turnover with this position?
  • What are the day to day operations of my job?
  • How will my performance with this job be measured?
  • What does a typical day look like for this position?
  • Can you briefly describe the training process?
  • What are the next steps within the process?

*for a more complete list, please see our interview tips*

Contact Us

If you would like to talk with us one on one, send us an email to make an appointment at or stop by our office in the Learning Commons Academic Resources Suite, Room 126 &127 or give us a call at 540-828-5357. Our office has several handouts and pamphlets that also provide valuable information to help you along the way.