At the Career Center, we don’t just follow best practices when it comes to creating interview materials. We see them lived out every single day. Corporate executives, business professionals, educators, nonprofit leaders, and more have all shared what it takes to move a résumé from the bottom to the top of the pile. Does yours have what it takes?

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We are proud to collaborate with VMock, a career smart platform that utilizes machine learning, predictive analytics and artificial intelligence to help you optimize your skills. VMock reviews your résumé and instantly provides detailed feedback on how you can improve.  

Using sophisticated algorithms and data science, VMock analyzes hundreds of parameters from your profile and generates a personalized score leveraging a proprietary scoring engine. Know exactly where you stand in a matter of seconds. 

In order to get started, current students can head to Cardinal Career Link by clicking the "Get Started" button below. Alumni can email their Career Coach for industry-specific feedback on their résumé, or email Associate Director Brandon Bute for general feedback. 

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Résumé Tips and Best Practices

Although you’ve spent a lot of time gaining experience in your field of study, it isn’t always easy to describe those experiences. Sometimes, it helps to see examples of what others are doing with their own application materials, and a little advice can go a long way toward helping you emerge as the strongest candidate for the job.


Each résumé sent to employers should always include an introductory cover letter. If sending a paper copy, be sure to print and sign your cover letter. You may also email your signed cover letter as a PDF, depending on the employer.

A well-prepared portfolio can be a tool that sets you apart from any other job candidate. It is designed to showcase your achievements, the scope, and quality of your experience and training, and your skills and abilities.

Creating A Portfolio

You will need to be prepared to write various types of letters for your job search, including cover letters, acceptance letters, and eventually letters of resignation. You’ll also need to write thank-you notes to everyone who assists you in your job search and everyone who interviews you.

Example letters (PDF)

Reference lists are typically a separate page of your application and not part of your résumé. References might be current or former supervisors, faculty, student organization advisors, and other people who know you professionally. References are not your family, friends, or neighbors unless the application specifically calls for personal references.

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