Click here for a detailed packet of information that includes sample résumés, a list of action verbs, and information about cover letters and references.
Résumés for America is an online résumé builder that helps you to create an effective and professional resume by providing expert tips, writing examples, and helpful suggestions. The software also comes with a cover letter builder, thank you letter builder, and more.
Students who are registering for the first time or returning students who are logging in, visit the free resume builder now and sign in with your UNK email address.
Upon completing your résumé, email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or drop it off at our office so we can provide feedback.
A résumé is your marketing tool, and advertisement of your qualifications and abilities. It is a concise document – a snapshot – of your relevant education, experience, and skills. It is often the first item that a potential employer sees, and is used to screen applicants competing for a position. Obviously, you want your résumé to screen you in, leading you to the next step in the job search process. With that in mind, construct your résumé so it supports your career objective, i.e., it presents evidence showing that you have the skills and knowledge necessary to perform the job. Once you have a clear view of your target job, or at least your target industry, you can develop a résumé that highlights the appropriate skills and experiences. Visit Academic and Career Services if you need help defining your career objective.
Types of Résumés
Additional Online Resource: Purdue Online Writing Lab: Résumé Workshop
Before you write the cover letter, ask yourself these four questions:
The answers to these questions will focus your efforts and strengthen your case. You must next address the tone and presentation of the letter:
In general, picture the likely reader and adjust the style and tone of your letter accordingly. Become familiar with the prevalent style in your field. If the recipient is apt to be conservative, write a conservative cover letter. If your reader appreciates creativity, use a creative approach. Be cautious in making assumptions though.
The words you use are important in conveying both message and tone. Accomplishments are best expressed through action verbs (communicated, clarified, facilitated). Select self-descriptive words to express personal characteristics (enthusiastic, creative, dependable). Use words sparingly, and try to limit the length of the letter to one page.
Academic & Career Services is excited to present the Big Interview, an interactive site to help you ace your next job interview. The site includes 7 core-learning modules, tips on how to answer difficult questions, and as long as you have Internet access and a webcam you're able to record practice interviews! It's easy to sign up, easy to use...and it's free!
Interviewing is perhaps the most important aspect of your job search. On this page we’ve outlined a 5-step process to successful interviewing and at the bottom of the page, take a look at links to handouts with more detailed information about specific aspects of interviewing.
5 Steps to a Successful Job Interview
PREPARE FOR THE INTERVIEW
MAKE A POSITIVE FIRST IMPRESSION
DEMONSTRATE YOUR POTENTIAL – What Employers are looking for
CLOSING WITH FINESSE
IMPORTANT POST-INTERVIEW TASKS
Interview Ready – Comprehensive look at all aspects of job interviewing, including the STAR technique
Common Interview Questions
Interviewing to Win – PowerPoint outlining what to do before, during and after the interview
Researching a Company
Preparing for 2nd or 3rd Interviews
Top 10 Interview Mistakes
As many as 70% of all job offers are a direct result of networking. The hidden job market refers to jobs that are never advertised and if you only rely on applying for advertised positions then you are eliminating your chance to be considered for most openings.
Professional networking can be defined as connecting with people who can help you advance your career. You’ve probably heard the term “Six Degrees of Separation” that refers to the idea that through our connections with other people, we are all an average of six connections away from every person in the world. With that idea in mind, it is amazing where your career can go when you take time to get to know people and develop long-term relationships that can benefit you during your job search and as you develop through your professional life.
Imagine applying for your dream job. Would it be more effective to simply mail your cover letter and résumé to the address listed in an advertisement? Or through networking, meet someone in the organization who can hand deliver your documents to the hiring manager? That is the power of networking!
Additional Networking Tips
Build Your Network While Attending UNK
There are many informal ways to enhance your network while you’re a student at UNK. Perhaps the most important thing you can do is get to know your professors and academic advisors. Also, through active involvement on campus and participating in community service you can meet more people from campus and the Kearney community.
Here is a list of several more formal networking activities that you can participate in as a college student. Advisors in Academic and Career Services are available to provide more information about any of these activities.
Online networking is another important aspect of your job search. There are many sites that provide networking opportunities; one that focuses on professional networking is LinkedIn. LinkedIn is a professional networking site with over 70 million members around the world. It’s goal is to help you make better use of your professional network by showing you who your connections are connected to and allowing you to search for specific organizations or industries to find out if you’re connected to anyone there. Contact Academic and Career Services for more information.
There is no better way to learn about a career than to talk to someone who is currently working in your career field of interest. Conducting informational interviews can be a great way to gather information and a great way to start connecting with people who could remain a part of your professional network in the future. Click here for additional information about Informational Interviews; including how to set them up and possible questions to ask. Academic & Career Services can assist you in finding people to interview.
Occupational Outlook Handbook – Provides information describing what workers do on the job, working conditions, training and education needed, earnings, and expected job prospects in a wide range of occupations
O*Net Online – Tool for career exploration and job analysis where you can browse groups of similar occupations to explore careers and read detailed descriptions of different occupations
Learn How to Become – Provides detailed insight into 45 of today’s most popular career fields
Career Thoughts – Research careers using different criteria, such as academic major, fastest growing, or highest paying
CareerOneStop – Tools to help job seekers and students; sponsored by the US Department of Labor
mySkills myFuture – Type in your past jobs and get related jobs that use the same skills; sponsored by the US Department of Labor
Major Web-Links – Provides descriptions of career fields, lists of sample jobs and job search sites
International Internship Directory - reference guide to help match students with international internship opportunities
National Compensation Survey – A survey of employee salaries, wages and benefits designed to produce data at local levels, within broad regions and nationwide
NACE Salary Calculator – Salary data for more than 500 occupations in 560 regions of the United States
Take a look at the publications below for tips related to professional development, as well as career and major exploration.
Choosing a Major provides tips on how to utilize Focus-2 in your major exploration process
Creating Your Resume and Cover Letter provides tips on writing these important job search documents.
Succeeding in the Interview walks you through what to do before, during, and after your job interview
You Can Succeed at the Career Fair walks you through what to do before, during and after a career fair.
Professional Job Search Strategies provides tips on developing a comprehensive job search plan.
Navigating the Job Application Process has specific job search advice for students in teacher education