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A resume and cover letter are your marketing tools to impress a potential employer and secure an interview. There are hundreds of books on the market with good advice about writing effective resumes and cover letters, each with a different opinion on style and content. Writing a quality resume and cover letter for internship and full-time job opportunities begins with a targeted, one-page summary of your skills and experiences that convinces the employer you would be successful in that position. The goal is to make your materials so engaging that the reader cannot wait to meet you.

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Resume Skills that Recruiters and Employers are Seeking

Applying for jobs and internships can be competitive, so how do you stand out from the sea of applications that recruiters review? Here is some insight into common skills that you can include on your resume to become a stronger …

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Revising Your Resume

Preparing a resume is something we all have to do when applying for jobs. Resumes need to be visually appealing, organized, and carefully structured. But when was the last time you updated your resume? Review the articles below for advice …

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A Beginners Guide to Creating an Online Portfolio

Whether you are an engineer, designer, filmmaker, or journalist, you most likely have many projects under your belt. In addition to listing them on your LinkedIn profile, it may be a good idea to consider launching a separate website listing …

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Career Management Information, Research, & Employment Opportunities

Leverage your alumni career benefits today. Our alumni career resources are designed exclusively for you and can be accessed on-demand anywhere in the world. We offer robust resume reviews, career management tools,  online networking, and targeted research information. Our goal is to help you create a competitive job search strategy, make valuable connections, identify potential employers, and land your next opportunity.  View a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

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Employers may request a list of references, typically three to five, who can speak to how your education, work, and …

If you are considering positions in academia (teaching and research) or industry (research departments), you are generally asked to provide …

A cover letter is a one-page document you submit with your resume and application. The purpose of your cover letter …

The most acceptable and readily used resume format for college students is the one-page reverse chronological resume in which one’s …

View our guide on Effective Resumes, Cover Letters and LinkedIn profiles for examples of resumes from various industries, tips on …

Recent graduates indicate they are changing jobs four times within five years of graduation. It is crucial to articulate the …

A USC student guide to effective resumes, cover letters and LinkedIn profiles from the USC Career Center.

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