UIC Office of Career Services
Student Services Building,
1200 West Harrison Street
Chicago, Illinois 60607-3344
Phone: (312) 996-2300
Fax: (312) 413-0383
M-F : 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
WHAT IS A RESUME? A marketing document focused on your strengths
Your resume is an opportunity to communicate your value to potential employers and entice them to invite you for an interview. A resume is an essential component of virtually any job search. It often forms the first, and if poorly written, the last impression on an employer. Employers are likely to spend just a few seconds reviewing your resume to decide whether to give a thorough read, so it is important to craft a document that is attractive and speaks to your strengths.
Check out this short video to get the basics.
WHAT IS A COVER LETTER? It details your fit for a particular position, focused on what you can do for the organization
A cover letter should always accompany a resume, whether it is requested or not. It provides depth to your resume, highlighting your strongest qualifications FOR A PARTICULAR POSITION, and stressing how you can meet the employer's needs. An effective cover letter is well-written, captures the employer's attention, and ultimately convinces the employer you are a qualified candidate that deserves an interview.
As the cover letter is the employer's first glimpse at you as a candidate, it must be organized, professional, and 100% error-free. Additionally, your cover letter should always be original and tailored to the specific position. When you spend time crafting a customized letter, you will stand out from the pile of applicants.
HOW DO I GET MORE HELP?
You may get help with your resume and cover letters during drop-in hours, or make an individual appointment by calling (312) 996-2300.
For cover letters, it will help if you bring a copy of the position description, so that we can work together to make your cover letter as targeted to that position as possible.
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