Welcome to the module on applying for career opportunities!

 

 

There are three parts to this module:

  • Part I is “Building a Great Resume”
  • Part II is “Requesting a Reference or Recommendation”
  • Part III is “Developing a Strong Cover Letter”

Mentees, please review all three parts of the module and determine whether you’d like to complete one, two or all three parts. For example, you may decide that you’d like to focus on performance and interview prep, but skip the mock interview section. Be sure to let your mentor know the parts you plan to complete ahead of your scheduled meeting.

Pay close attention to the parts of the module specific for either mentor or mentee.

Part I: Building a Great Resume

Goal

Build or refine a resume that you can use when applying for internship and employment opportunities.

Objectives

  1. To understand why a resume is necessary.
  2. To understand the components of a resume.
  3. To understand what information you need to include in your resume.
  4. To complete a resume that can be used for applying for internships and employment.

Time Commitment

Total time for this module
Two to three hours.

Time required to prepare for team meeting
Mentee: One hour to 90 minutes to review the handouts, complete the Resume Worksheet, watch the online resume writing video and draft a resume.

Mentor: 15 to 20 minutes to review the handouts.

Time required for team meeting
45 minutes to an hour. This meeting can occur in person, by phone or via a video-conferencing platform.

Activities

  1. Complete the required reading and activities from the list below.
  2. Watch the Boston Consulting Group Resume Writing video.
  3. Draft a resume, and send to your mentor for review.
  4. Discuss your resume during your team meeting.
  5. Make edits based on your mentor’s suggestions.
  6. Finalize the resume for future use. Update as needed.

Required reading and activities

  1. Sample Resume
  2. Organization of a Resume
  3. Resume Activity Sheets
  4. Action Words to Use in a Resume

Suggested reading materials and resources

  1. How to Write a Resume: The Ultimate Checklist of Resume Tips
  2. Let’s Get the Resume Basics Right FIRST
  3. 15 Basic Resume Tips
  4. Resume Examples and Writing Tips
  5. Resumes For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Part II: Requesting a Reference or Recommendation

Goal

To know how to ask for either a reference or letter of recommendation for a job.

Objectives

  1. To understand the purpose of a recommendation.
  2. To understand the importance of the information needed for a recommender to be able to provide a strong recommendation or reference.
  3. To develop a packet of information for the reference person to either write or give a verbal reference on the mentee’s behalf.

Time Commitment

Total Time for this Module
90 minutes to two hours.

Time needed to prepare for team meeting:

  • Mentee: Fifteen to twenty to review the reading and Discussion Guide.
  • Mentor: Thirty minutes to an hour to review the reading, personalize the sample email request, and review the Discussion Guide.

Time needed for team meeting: 
Forty-five minutes to an hour. This meeting can occur in person, by phone, or via a video-conferencing platform.

Activities

  1. Understand the need for a reference or recommendation (discussion).
  2. Determine what information to give to a potential reference to assist with their making a verbal or written reference/recommendation.
  3. Brainstorm the Mentee’s activities to include in information for a reference/recommendation
  4. Compile the best information to give to a potential reference for a strong reference

Required readings or activity sheets

  1. Requesting a Reference or Letter of Recommendation
  2. Discussion Guide Interview Evaluation Checklist

Suggested reading materials and resources

  1. 8 Things You Should Know About Job References
  2. References: The Keys to Choosing and Using the Best Job References in Your Job Search
  3. How to Select and Use Job References
  4. Sample Letters and Email Messages Asking for a Reference
  5. How to Ask for a Reference for Employment
  6. The Right (and Wrong) Way to Ask Someone to be a Reference
  7. Tips to Ask for Reference Letters
  8. Three Email Templates for Asking for a Letter of Reference
  9. How Not to Ask for a Letter of Recommendation
  10. Boost Your Resume with Extracurricular Activities that Impress

Part III: Developing a Strong Cover Letter

Goal

To know how to develop strong a cover letter.

Objectives

  1. To understand the purpose of a cover letter
  2. To understand the components of a cover letter
  3. To develop a draft cover letter to provide practice and a template for future cover letters

Time Commitment

Total Time for this Module
Two and a half to three hours.

Time needed to prepare for team meeting:

  • Mentee: Twenty to thirty minutes to incorporate your Mentor’s edits into your cover letter.
  • Mentor: Up to one hour for the mentee to draft a cover letter. Thirty minutes to review and edit the mentee’s draft cover letter.

Time needed for team meeting: 
Forty-five minutes to an hour. This meeting can occur in person, by phone, or via a video-conferencing platform.

Activities

  1. Review Components of a Cover Letter
  2. Review the Sample Cover Letter
  3. Determine what information needs to be included in your cover letter
  4. Brainstorm activities to include in a cover letter
  5. Draft a cover letter for your Mentor’s review
  6. Understand the importance of a cover letter (discussion)
  7. Make potential edits based on your Mentor’s suggestions from your meeting(s)
  8. Finalize a cover letter for future use (then update it as needed)

Required readings or activity sheets

  1. Components of a Cover Letter
  2. Sample Cover Letter
  3. Discussion Guide
  4. Activity Guide

Suggested reading materials and resources

  1. Six Reasons Why You Won’t Get Hired without A Cover Letter
  2. Top Ten Reasons Why You Need A Cover Letter
  3. Cover Letter Instructions
  4. Cover Letter for Students and Recent Graduates
  5. How to Write a Cover Letter
  6. Writing Cover Letters
  7. Writing a Cover Letter
  8. Free Cover Letter Templates for Job Applications