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The first step to an effective job search is developing quality application documents. What you say about yourself and how you say it will go a long way toward convincing an employer that you are worth their time. You have mere seconds to make your case; let us help you make it memorable!

The following are the most common types of application documents you will likely need. Please utilize the downloadable booklets to help develop strong drafts. Then plan to meet with Michael Cronk, in Career Development, to have them professionally reviewed and critiqued.

Résumé Writing
  • Résumés are the quintessential application document. How seriously you want to be taken as an applicant should be exhibited in the time and effort you place in developing your résumé.

  • Creating a résumé is not a simple task of listing your jobs and activities. It is a careful and intentional articulation of the skills you've learned from your experiences and how they will help the organization to which you are applying.

  • The Résumé Writing Guide will take you step-by-step through the drafting process. Read through it and use it as you create a draft.

  • Once you have a draft that is ready to review, please contact the office to set up an appointment.

  • Email your draft, prior to your appointment, to Michael Cronk.
 
 
Cover Letter Writing
  • Cover letters introduce you as a candidate for the position you are seeking.

  • They are not a rewrite of your résumé. These are separate documents that should complement each other rather than be two versions of the same document.

  • Cover letters require that you have researched the company and have a good understanding of the position to which you are applying.

  • The Cover Letter Guide will take you step-by-step through the drafting process. Read through it and use it as you create a draft.

  • Once you have a draft that is ready to review, please contact the office to set up an appointment.

  • Email your draft, prior to your appointment, to Michael Cronk.
 
 
Curricula Vitas
There are two types of application documents that are called Curricula Vitas (or CVs).
  • The first is an academic document utilized by faculty to explain their research, teaching, and service experience. They are used to apply to research and teaching positions at colleges, universities, and institutes. They are often long, usually five or more pages, and are in more of a narrative format. If this is the type of document you need to develop, please visit QuintCareers to read more about them and view examples.

  • The second type of CV is the preferred application document for European countries and other nations. This form of CV is actually a closer approximation to the American résumé than an academic CV. While often longer than the traditional one page résumé, it is still more concise and less narrative than an academic CV. If you need to apply to positions outside of the United States, please first work on developing an American résumé and then utilize our fabulous resource, GoingGlobal, to learn how to adapt it to the preferred CV style of the country to which you are relocating. 

 
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