Job Search Prep

Be a Compelling Candidate

Write a Targeted Resume 

Taking the time to edit your resume so it matches the qualifications for the job to which you’re applying will show the hiring manager that you have the credentials for the job and should be considered for an interview.  Program-specific examples of resumes can be found in Career Services – Room 122

How to Write a Cover Letter

Write a Cover Letter that shows you are a strong match for the job. Highlight your professional qualifications that match the hiring requirements. State specifically why you are interested in that organization or facility.  You need a cover letter each time you apply for a position.

Social Media in Job Search

Many recruiters search social media for information on candidates even before they schedule an interview. Make sure that everything they find is information that is presentable to the public. Actively use your profile on LinkedIn since many recruiters use Linkedin to advertise positions and source candidates. Consider these tips from Linkedin to build an outstanding profile!


Don’t just hide behind your computer to make connections.  Talk with faculty, join professional organizations, participate in professional conferences and community activities. Volunteer  – you never know who you are going to meet who has colleagues and friends in your chosen field.  Buffalo and WNY is a small town – get to know your community!


Interviewers want to see candidates project confidence (not arrogance), enthusiasm, interest in the profession and the job for which you are interviewing.  They want to know why you want to work there and see that you have an understanding of your own skills and how you will contribute to the organization.   The STAR Technique offers sample questions and technique for responses.  Understand your rights and how to field potentially difficult questions by reviewing these ILLEGAL QUESTIONS

Practice Make Perfect

Practice before you go for an interview. Review typical interview questions and research the company so you are well-prepared to interview. Schedule a practice interview with [email protected]  so you know what you want to say and can see how you say it. Don’t forget to prepare questions to ask the employer! Q’s to Ask and Follow Up

Send a Thank You Note

Be sure to follow up with a thank you note (or email) reiterating your interest in the job. Most candidates don’t bother, but those that do are more likely to get hired.