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Your Resume

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. We believe that 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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Online Resources

The USC Career Center offers multiple resources to help individuals explore their career opportunities. We have curated several of our favorite resources to help discover career paths, learn about internship positions, and find full-time jobs.

 

Additional Resources & Tools

Employment references should include three to five people who can speak to your education, work, and professional background related to …

If you are considering positions in academia (teaching and research), you are generally asked to provide a curriculum vitae (CV) …

Your resume is your marketing brochure. Your cover letter is your introduction to your resume and highlights your writing skills. …

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

To help you get started,we have provided examples of resumes, a cover letter, action verbs, a reference sheet and a …

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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