Resumes and Cover LettersTo help you prepare for your next opportunity, below are career resources for writing resumes and cover letters.
If you are a member of IUPUI's Honors College or the School of Science (either currently enrolled or an alumni), please schedule a free one-on-one career advising appointment.
Every day hundreds of resumes and cover letters are thrown away before they even make it to the hiring manager's desk. Graduate school applicants are denied admission because their personal statements are deemed "trite" and "cliche." Resumes, cover letters, research statements, and curriculum vitaes are all challenging documents to create, but you do not have to do it on your own.
Your resume and cover letter are usually the first two things a hiring manager will see when considering you for a position. Therefore, it's important to take the time to perfect your resume, and tailor it to the specific job you are applying for. Schedule a resume writing appointment with a PREPs career advisor.
The purpose of your cover letter is to persuade your reader that you are a good fit for the job before they even glance at your resume. The cover letter will help them get a feel for who you are, and whether or not you may be a good fit with their organization. It's also a way to connect with the search committee or employer on a more personal level then just sending in a list of your accomplishments (i.e. your resume).
Editing Your Documents
Always have someone proofread your documents before submitting it. PREPs is a great resource for IUPUI Science students, as well as the University Writing Center and the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL).
Keywords and skills
Many companies use recruiting management software to screen candidates for job openings. Instead of a person reviewing your resume, the software screens resumes based on the terms included in the resume.