Your resume is a snapshot into your professional persona, so it’s important that this document speak to the skills and talents you possess. There is no “perfect” or “correct” format - it all depends on the position you are looking for and your past experiences. Think of your resume as a living document; update it frequently!
You’ll need to upload your resume to Handshake in order to participate in On-Campus Recruiting events or apply for jobs and internships that are posted in the system.
To upload your resume, log in to Handshake using your CaneID and Password. Once in the system:
If this is your first time uploading a resume to Handshake, it will be critiqued by a Toppel staff member within 3-5 business days. Staff will provide you with individualized comments and the document will be approved. We strongly suggest that you make the recommended changes and re-upload your resume as soon as possible. Otherwise, recruiters will not see the best possible version of your resume!
Cover letters accompany your resume and introduce you to potential employers. A good cover letter makes a hiring manager want to learn more about you, continue onto your resume, and possibly invite you for an interview.
You always want to tailor your cover letter toward a specific position or organization. We suggest that you always draft a new letter for each experience to avoid making mistakes or referencing the wrong position or organization.
Cover letters can also be uploaded to Handshake (as can other documents, such as transcripts and work samples) using the same method you used to upload your resume. Documents other than resumes will not be critiqued in the system and will simply be approved for use.
Make sure you utilize Walk-In Advising to ensure you are providing employers with the best possible cover letter. You can also get help with your writing by utilizing the Writing Center, located at LaGorce House, 170.
Toppel offers additional resources that are always accessible to you:
A portfolio is a representation of who you are as a professional. It is a collection of items that showcases your accomplishments and presents who you are as a candidate. Portfolios provide evidence for your skills and qualifications. They can include resumes, professional licenses, certifications and awards, letters of recommendation, evidence of skills, work samples, links to relevant articles, and more. Each field will vary on what is recommended to include in one’s portfolio.
When should you use a portfolio?
Anytime that you want to visualize your qualifications and abilities. Portfolios may be used to market yourself during a job interview, apply for scholarships, document professional development, secure a promotion, and many other purposes.
Depending on your field of interest, either a physical or online portfolio may be best. A free online portfolio that you can access is Pathbrite ePortolios.