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Resumes and Interview Preparation

Get prepared.

Learn to market yourself for your career search with “personal branding.” Branding refers to a broad set of options for marketing your name, personality, expertise, and style. Like most components of the job search, you should begin by looking inwards and do a self-assessment. Understand your career goals, your strengths and your weaknesses. What are our values and passions? What makes you unique?

Once you have identified your brand, you will be able to apply it to your job search. Marketing yourself makes it easy for potential employers to identify you as a good match for their needs.

Resumes and Cover Letters

The Career Development Center will help students and alumni develop a resume and cover letter that impressively reflects their professional experience and academic achievements. In most situations when you are applying for a job or internship, you will need to include a cover letter with your resume. The cover letter informs an employer of who you are, what your qualifications are for the position, and also thanks them for considering you for the position.

Already have a resume or cover letter?

Email a copy of your resume and/or cover letter to cdc@keystone.edu for feedback. In most cases, we will be return it to you within five business days, with written comments and suggestions. You can also meet with a career counselor for a follow-up after your resume has been critiqued.

Interviewing and Meeting with Employers

Preparing for the Interview

  1. Research the company/organization.
  2. Identify personal qualities that match the position.
  3. Prepare your elevator pitch, a 30-60 second introduction.
  4. Prepare answers to common questions.
  5. Be ready to ask your own questions.
  6. First impressions count, dress the part.
  7. Have a resume ready to provide to the employer.

Download the Interview Guide Sheet

Let us Help

Set-up a mock interview with a career counselor
Sign up for a Mock Interview with a Career Counselor and get valuable feedback on ways to improve your interviewing skills. Schedule an appointment with us at cdc@keystone.edu or call 570-945-8312.