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The Center for Creative Professions has developed the following resources to aid in your professional development.
Chronological Resume Template (PDF) This is the standard format most college students use.*
The purpose of a resume is to list all of your achievements and help you in getting an interview. You may need to tailor your resume to your major (Toy Design resumes are typically much more graphically oriented than resumes from Architecture/Landscape/Interiors, for example).
Functional Resume Template (PDF)
A functional resume differs from a chronological resume (the kind most people use) in that it highlights your skills rather than your work history. Typically this type of format is used by individuals who are changing careers or have gaps in their work history.
Cover Letter (PDF)
A cover letter is designed to do three things: introduce yourself, express what’s not evident in your resume, and talk about why you’d be a good “fit” at the organization. Cover letters are tailored to suit a job description for a specific organization. Slight modifications based on your personal taste and/or field of study are acceptable.
Thank You Letter (PDF)
Thank You letters are designed to thank someone for giving you their time. Typically they are sent after an interview but could also be sent after a chance encounter with an industry pro or after the person provides you with a career connection or opportunity. Following an interview, they are a good way to remind the recipient about you and your qualifications, reiterate your enthusiasm and commitment to the position, and show that you pay attention to details.
Informational Interview (PDF)
The purpose of an informational interview is to gather information from a professional in your desired career and/or industry of interest. The informational interview serves as a way to network with a professional in your field of interest by an in-person15-30 minute meeting. You will ask the professional a series of prepared questions in order to gain a better understanding of the duties of the work they do.
Action Words (PDF)
Add action words to your resumes and cover letters to describe work experience. Use these action words to write a compelling resume.
Use the Center for Creative Professions LinkedIn page to discover a professional approach for connecting with employers, faculty, staff, and peers.
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