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Job Search Skills


Interested in finding a job? You've come to the right place! Whether you're looking for a part-time job while in school, or seeking your ideal career after graduation, we are here to assist. The Career Development Center can help you navigate your way through the job search process. Use the links below to review resources to help you create job search documents like resumes, cover letters and portfolios, prepare for interviews and job fairs, learn about salaries and job outlook statistics, and research employers.

Resumes and Cover Letters

Use these links to help you prepare a professional resume and create professional cover letters.

Three Things Every Recruiter Looks for in a Resume

Resume Formats: Choosing the Right One for your Experience & Job Search Needs

The Riley Guide: References and Recommendations

Professional Resume and Cover Letter Examples

Professionally Written Resume Samples

How to Write Cover Letters

Sample Job-Search Cover Letters

Researching Employers

Use these links to become informed about employers before you contact them or attend an interview.

Vault Company & Employer Research

The Riley Guide: Research and Target Employers

Conducting a Job Search

These links will provide you with helpful hints, tips, and advice for conducting a job search.

Ten Time Saving Tips to Speed Up Your Job Search

Top Ten Online Job Search Tips

Work in the United States

U.S. Work Visas

Tips for Bilingual Job Seekers

Preparing for Interviews

These links will provide you with helpful hints, tips and advice for interviewing

Illegal Interview Questions: What Employers Should Not Ask

What to Expect in a Second Interview

Creating Portfolios and CVs

Use these links to learn how to create specialized portfolios and a curriculum vitae.

How to Write a Curriculum Vitae

Free Sample Curriculum Vitaes for Job Seekers

Sample CVs

Job Fair Tips

These links will help you prepare for job fairs.

Career and Job Fairs Do's and Don't's

Career Fair Success Strategies for Job Seekers

Questions to Ask at Career and Job Fairs

Career Fairs: Your Shortcut to Job Interviews

Career Fair Advice

Ten Steps for Flourishing at a Job Fair

Appropriate Attire

These links will provide tips and advice on appropriate attire for interviews, job fairs and other business related meetings.

How to Dress for an Interview

How to Tie a Tie

Dress for Success: Men

Dress for Success: Women

Men's Business Wardrobe


These links will provide you with helpful tips and advice for networking.

The Riley Guide: Networking Advice

Business Networking Advice

Three Essentials to Creating a Networking Strategy

24 Networking Tips that Actually Work

Job Outlook Statistics and Salary Information

Use these links to research labor market statistics, investigate salary information and learn how to negotiate salary offers.

Cost of Living Comparison Calculator

Cost of Living Wizard

Salary Negotiation Skills

City Town Information

U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics