Once you've found the positions that interest you, you'll need to submit an application. Normally, that application will require a resume and cover letter. Sometimes you might even need to submit a portfolio or curriculum vitae with your application. The resources under this tab will help you design professional documents to help you land an interview.
The resume, curriculum vitae, cover letter, and portfolio are four different documents that might be requested from you.
A resume is a brief outline of your professional/work experience, education, and qualifications. This is a summary - typically only about a page or two long.
A curriculum vitae, or CV, is similar to a resume, but usually more detailed. They're at least 2-3 pages long and detail your academic background, including degrees, teaching experience, research, publications, and other achievements.
The cover letter generally accompanies the resume or CV. It supplements the brief outline with more detailed information about your experiences. In your cover letter, you want to explain why you're interested in the organization and why you're qualified for the position.
Your portfolio is a collection of your previous work. It might include samples, photographs, or other artifacts that demonstrate your abilities and experience. You can have an electronic or online portofolio to submit with your application, or a physical portfolio to take with you to the interview. More on portfolios can be found at the bottom of this page.
Job hunting is about selling yourself—but to make a sale, you have to advertise. From traditional paper resumes to new-media methods of self-promotion, this video explores the best ways for applicants to showcase their talents, accomplishments, and potential value to employers. An in-depth discussion of resume strategy highlights objectives, structure, formatting (both hard-copy and electronic), and proofreading, followed by read-aloud examples that help clarify what employers do and don’t like to see. Next comes a detailed look at creating work sample presentations, from basic notebook and photo-album layouts to digital and online portfolios. Visual demos show what might work in industries such as marketing, construction, and culinary arts. Finally, viewers are reminded that social networks like Facebook and LinkedIn are powerful promotional tools, if used wisely and professionally.
Young people seeking employment usually do not have a great deal of job experience, yet they have probably already built up an impressive array of transferable skills without realizing it. This program helps students understand that skills they have acquired at school and in their personal lives may help them land their first job. Planning outings with friends, raising money for charity, and playing video games are some of the activities that enable teens in the video to develop proficiency in communication, problem solving, and using current technology—all valuable abilities with which to enhance their resumes.