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Cover Letter, Resume, and Curriculum Vitae


Whether you are a new student or you are close to completing your degree, it is never too early to begin refining your job search strategies. Creating a well written cover letter and resume are the first steps in securing an interview. Below you will find cover letter and resume samples, as well as interview strategies that will help you land the job! Our library and tutoring staff are also available to assist you. If you have any additional questions, please visit the Marion Ivy Tech Library or email Steve McLaughlin at

Cover Letter

What is the Purpose?

A cover letter is a one page letter meant to showcase your skills. A well written cover letter should be persuasive and concise. Research the company so you can tailor your cover letter to the company's needs. Typically, a cover letter is the first thing a potential employer will read, so take your time writing it!

What is the Format?

  1. Introduction. Indicate why you are contacting the employer, the position you are applying for, and how you learned about the listing. If you were referred by a colleague, do not forget to mention their name.
  2. Experience. This is your opportunity to market yourself. Explain how your experience will bring value to the organization. List some of your accomplishments from prior jobs. Make sure the accomplishments align with the positions requirements.
  3. Conclusion. State that you are interested in an interview. List your contact information and when you may be reached.


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What is the Purpose?

A resume is a summary of your experiences, skills, and accomplishments. It provides a snapshot of your career.

What is the Format?

  1. Contact Information. Be sure to list your name, phone number, and email on your resume.
  2. Opening Statement. This is optional. An opening statement is one or two sentences that briefly explains why you're qualified for the position. 
  3. Education. List your collegiate level.
  4. Professional Experience. Showcase the value you brought to former employers.
  5. Skills, Certificates, Awards. List only skills, certificates, and awards that are relevant to the position.


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The Interview

How Do I Prepare?

  1. Review the Job Description. The job description is an excellent indicator of what the hiring manager is looking for.
  2. Review Potential Questions. Try to think of the questions the hiring manager might ask based on the job description. Practice answering the questions out loud. The goal is to answer accurately, while at the same time keeping your answers brief.
  3. Research the Company. By researching the company, you can ascertain the company culture. 
  4. Come with Questions. At the end of the interview, you will be given the opportunity to ask questions. This is a very important part of the process as it shows the hiring manager that you have taken time to think about the position.
  5. Map It! Make sure you know where the company is located so you arrive to the interview on time. If the company has multiple buildings, double check the building and room number, so you know you'll wind up in the right place.
  6. Dress to Impress. Choose your outfit the night before, and have it ready for when you wake up in the morning. Dress codes vary between companies, but a good rule of thumb is to dress conservatively.


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