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Resumes, Cover Letters, & More

Conducting an effective job/internship search requires resume and cover letter preparation as well as interview practice.

The Center for Career Development recommends that you meet with a Career Adviser to review the resume and cover letter and conduct a mock interview. The following resources will assist you in successfully marketing yourself for a job.

Getting Started:

GAELlink Guide:
GAELlink, is Iona's job/internship database and on-line career management system.

Resume Building Guide:
A resume is a brief written account of your personal, educational and professional qualifications and experience.  Resumes are your own personal “marketing tool” designed to grab and attract the attention of potential employers.  A resume should interest an employer in getting to know more about the product (you)!!!

Cover Letter Guide:
A Cover Letter gives you the opportunity to sell yourself to the employer beyond your resume.  In a Cover Letter you will have the opportunity to market yourself for the specific position for which you are applying.  A Cover Letter is also considered a writing sample, and employers may use this document as one method of screening out unqualified candidates.

LinkedIn Workshop:
Learn how to set up your profile, conduct a job/internship search, and navigate through the nations’ #1 Professional Networking site.  With over 65 million users, and 95% of recruiters utilizing the system, this is a great way for students to obtain credible career information, stay connected with industry professionals and learn about various full time, part time and internship opportunities.  For a LinkedIn profile critique, call (914) 633-2462 to set up an appointment today!

The Guide to Internships:
Finding a full-time position right after graduation can be a real challenge especially without any experience. Many positions require you to have past professional experience; however in order to gain this experience, you must be working in the field. Seems impossible? Its not! Internships are the perfect solution!

Positive references can get you the job you want. Hiring is competitive, companies are selective. Good job references can make the difference in getting hired. “Honor these rules of etiquette for good job references and they should continue singing your praises for a long time. (Adapted from

Thank You Notes:
It is important to send a thank you note after each interview you attend.  This note shows the employer that you recognize that they took the time out of their busy day to meet with you.  In a thank you letter, it gives you the opportunity to reiterate your strengths, make additional points you may have forgotten to mention, as well as gives another example of your written communication skills.

Next Step Guide:
The newly updated Next Step Guide, is now available online! New features: LinkedIn, Job/Internship Search for Students with Disabilities, and enhanced graduate school guidelines!

Managing Your Career Guide:
A job search guide for Graduate Students and Alumni

The Interviewing Success Guide:
This packet is specifically designed to help guide you through the interviewing process from preparing yourself beforehand, to conducting appropriate follow-up. The Gerri Ripp Center for Career Development is dedicated to helping you break into your ideal career field by making the interview as efficient and marketable as possible.

Additional Online Resources:

Resume Building

Cover Letter Writing

Leader of the Pack (Resume How-To) (NACE)

The Art of Writing Cover Letters (NACE)

Monster College - Guidelines for resume writing.

Quintessential Careers - cover letters, resumes, networking, interviewing, salary negotiation, career tests and quizzes, and more career resources.

Monster Resume Center: Features targeted resumes, samples cover letters, resume components and do's and don'ts.

Helpful resource on resume & cover letter do’s and don’ts

Thank You Letters:

Why are they important?
Sample Thank You Letter


What are they and why are they important?
Click here for sample References