Career Success Handbook


The Career Success Handbook contains information on the following:

Cover Letters

A cover letter introduces you and your resume to an employer, and you should send a cover letter with every resume you submit. In your cover letter, state why you are writing, why you are the best person for the job, and when you plan to contact your prospective employer. 

Many people think that a cover letter is not as important as a resume. Actually, a cover letter is very important, because it gives you the opportunity to draw your readers' attention to specific qualifications, to connect the dots for the reader and to show how your previous experiences apply to the job for which you are applying. A resume presents a lot of information about your past employment and education, while a cover letter features specific qualifications that you think will impress your readers the most. A cover letter is also important because it provides a sample of your written communications skills. Showing you can write well will demonstrate your intelligence and help to establish your credibility. Always write cover letters with care, because, like resumes, cover letters create an image of who you are as a professional. You can find more Information on cover letters at the Online Writing Lab (OWL) or Center for Career Opportunities (CCO)


A resume is often the first impression a potential employer has of you; it is designed with one purpose in mind - to generate enough interest to get you an interview. Creating a resume that reflects your personality, career goals, qualifications, and effectively "sells" you to a prospective employer takes time and thought. Do not send it out unless you are completely satisfied with the message it conveys. Most resumes are discarded. Giving the prospective employer reasons to separate yours from the crowd by giving indications of how your background and skills are transferable to his/her work environment. Please feel free to stop by the HTM Career Center or visit the Center for Career Opportunities (CCO).   


Before stepping into an interview, be sure to practice, practice, practice. Going to a job interview without preparing is like an actor performing on opening night without rehearsing. For helpful handouts on Interview Preparation, Sample Letters, & Other Helpful Tips, please stop by the HTM Career Center.  You may seek help through our HTM Career Center or The Center for Career Opportunities (CCO).


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