Creating Application Materials

Learn how to create effective application materials. The purpose of your resume and cover letter is to secure an interview, NOT a job! Selling work experience and skills to employers is like selling a product. Communicate this through your application materials.


On average, employers spend around 7-10 seconds pre-screening a resume. Make an impact and stand out as fast as you can.

Cover Letters

The cover letter is an introduction to the resume, generating interest and leading the employer to want to learn more about you.

Professional References

Many jobs will ask you for professional references. Here are resources about what information to include and best practices when asking for a reference.

Writing a Diversity Statement

Diversity statements are becoming more expected in job application materials. Learn more about how to write a diversity statement through these resources. 

Additional Application Materials

Many industries might ask for additional applications materials. Open each topic below for more information and resources!