This section provides you with links to:
The informational interview involves spending roughly
30 minutes with a professional in an area in which you
have an interest, and "picking their brain", asking
them precise questions about their daily tasks and job
responsibilities. If you discover your own interests
and skills match these, then you are that much closer
to choosing your major and career direction.
As you begin to increase your self-awareness, you will
also need to examine the world of work in greater detail.
A great way to learn about an industry or a career is
to speak with someone who is currently working in that
industry or career. An informational interview is a
conversation or informal interview to gather information
and seek advice from a knowledgeable individual. It
is important to understand that the purpose of an informational
interview is NOT to ask for a job or internship.
This link provides a list of questions to ask when you
are trying to learn about the company.
Interviewing for Internships
Interviewing for an internship or co-op assignment
does not have to be a scary process! Think
of it as conversation between you and an internship
representative to see if there is a fit between your
goals and the internship position. You are interviewing
her, just as she is interviewing you. You want to know
if this internship will allow you to meet your learning
goals. She is trying to find out if you have what it
takes to help the organization meet its needs. Doing
your homework prior to your interview is the key to
a successful interview ‘conversation.' Taking time to
lay the groundwork increases the odds that your meeting
will be productive
The "Art" of Interviewing requires advance preparation
and an understanding of the important role that strong
communication skills play in this process. Motivation,
Enthusiasm, and competent Communication skills are key
attributes to market in the interview. The following links
provide a comprehensive overview of the interviewing process.
Additional information is readily available in the Career
Resource Center, and via many career-related web sites.
Network, Interview and Negotiate
What is a Resume?
A resume is a brief highlight of your work or activity
experiences, educational background, and skills as they
relate to the type of job you are seeking. A resume
is designed to get you an interview, so market yourself
effectively to your reader!
Questions that interviewers can ask a potential employee.
Illegal or Impermissible Questions
Questions that cannot be asked by interviewers.
Questions to Ask In An Interview
Designed to be a two-way conversation, the interview
provides both parties sufficient information on which
to base an employment decision. Candidates need information
on company background,
department, job, work environment, promotional opportunities
Think resumes are just for seniors launching a job
search? Think again. Resumes are now commonly required
of undergraduates applying for internships, co-ops,
and other experiential programs. Yet, requests for a
resume as part of the internship application process
still catch many students by surprise!
What Is a Scannable Resume?
As human resources departments become smaller, scannable
resumes are becoming more popular. Scanning resumes involves
sending a hard copy of a resume through a computer with
an OCR (optical character recognition) program. The resume
can then be read by the computer program and may be categorized
or rated for positions based on specific job standards.
Resumes, Interviews, Cover Letters and Other
Differences between a Resume and Vita
While ResumeTutor! won't actually write a resume for
you, it will teach you a lot about how to write a resume.
However, before you catch a full-blown case of ResumeTutor!,
we recommend you click on some of these "Frequently
Asked Questions". They are a good introduction to this
Web site. When you're ready to begin ResumeTutor, scroll
to the bottom of this screen and click on one of the
six steps! You'll be on your way!
Today's job market requires a highly effective resumé
to capture the employer's attention. Based on a national
survey I conducted of 600 Hiring Managers, here are 21
ways to help you improve your online resumé.
Design Your Resume to Land an Internship
Will you be looking for that perfect internship
to expand your horizons and build your experience base?If
your answer is "yes," you must have an up-to-date
resume, ready to go at all times. A well-constructed resume,
identifying your goals, academic background, skills, experience,
and activities, is just as necessary for the internship
search as it is will be for your job search later on
Developing Your Resume
Conventional wisdom says that most prospective
employers will spend 30 seconds or less reviewing an individual
resume. To ensure that your resume gets the attention
it deserves, we recommend that all Thayer School students
and alumni/ae use the following guidelines in developing
The Ten Most Frequently Asked Questions About
Downsizing. Rightsizing. Corporate restructuring.
You've heard the buzzwords. You're terrified. And you're
ready with a spanking, new resume. But at a time when
employers are inundated with resumes, how can you make
yours stand out in the crowd?
The Basics of a Dynamic Cover Letter
What is a cover letter? Also known as
a letter of introduction, letter of application, transmittal
letter, or broadcast letter, it's a letter that no smart
job-seeker should send his or her resume without. Few
employers seriously consider a resume that is not accompanied
by a cover letter; thus, a dynamically written cover
letter needs to be part of your job-search strategy.
Cover Letter Checklist
Your cover letter (also sometimes referred to as a
letter of introduction, letter of application, or employment
letter) is a vital part of your job-search correspondence
Cover Letter Resources for Job-Seekers
What follows is a collection of the best cover letter
tools and resources, including articles, tutorials, and
Cover Letters and Other Job Search Correspondence
The Art and Science of Writing Cover Letters
If you think you don't need to put much effort into
writing cover letters -- or don't need to send them
at all because nobody reads them - think again. True,
many human resource recruiters, headhunters and department
heads don't have time to.
Writing Cover Letters
A cover letter (sometimes called a letter of inquiry or
letter of application) is a one page, business-style letter
that accompanies every resume you send to prospective
employers. The purpose of a cover letter is to get the
employer to read your resume; it serves as an introduction,
telling the employer who you are and why you are sending
a resume. If written well, your letter lets you highlight
the special features of your education and experience
that qualify you for the particular position or organization
About Writing Thank You Letters
Don't underestimate the power of a thank you
letter. Also called a follow up letter, it may be the
deciding factor in your favor, especially when there
are other candidates with your qualifications applying
for the same job. Immediately after a round of interviews,
always send a thank you letter to each of your interviewers
by fax, mail or email.
Interview Follow Up
Following an interview, promptly (within 2 business days)
write the interviewer a letter expressing appreciation
and thanks for the interview.