Career development resources

Resumes

Your resume is a marketing tool you use in your career search, and its sole purpose is to get the employer to call you for an interview.

Sample resumes and cover letters

Cover letter

When you apply for a position, you should include a typed and signed cover letter with your resume. Your cover letter should expand upon the skills and experiences in your resume and link them to the position you’re applying for.

Chronological

A chronological resume focuses on employment and professional history. This style works well if you have experience that relates to your career goal. Chronological resumes are preferred by some employers.

Functional

This resume format focuses on your transferable skills as they relate to the position or type of position that you are applying for. A functional resume may be appropriate if:

  • you lack directly related experience
  • you are changing careers

No previous work experience

If you’re a current undergraduate student seeking an internship or summer employment opportunity in your field, this type of resume may be appropriate. Once you have related experience, you will use a chronological or functional resume format.

Interviewing

During the interview, your prospective employer is trying to assess whether or not you are a good fit for the position and for the organization. The interviewer(s) will determine your “fit” by paying attention to your:

  • responses to their questions
  • demeanor
  • attire
  • manners

Research the organization

Research the company and ask thoughtful and targeted questions during the interview by:

  • reviewing the company website 
  • reading the organization’s annual report
  • searching for press releases
  • speaking with former and current employees

Know why you are the best person for this particular job

To prepare for your interview:

  • align your skills, experience, and education with the requirements of the position and with the organization
  • review the job description and your resume
  • be prepared to cite specific examples when you answer questions

Practice

Don’t let the interview be the first time you interview. It’s important to prepare and practice prior to the real interview. Schedule a mock interview today with one of our academic advisers.

What to bring to the interview

You should bring:

  • additional copies of your resume
  • a portfolio, if you have one
  • a black pen
  • a list of your references (with contact information)
  • a set of job-related questions to ask the interviewer
  • breath mints (not gum)

After the interview

Thank You Letter

Within 24 hours of your interview, you should send a thank you letter or formal e-mail to everyone who interviewed you.  The letter should:

  • express your appreciation
  • reiterate your interest in the position
  • reemphasize your skills and strongest qualifications

Other career resources for NAU students 

 NAU's Career Development Office offers many career services to both current students and alumni.