Resume, interview, networking, and application resources

Resume and cover letter writing

When preparing to apply for a job or internship, there is a process you should go through each time.

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1. Evaluate the position description

Determine whether or not you are at least minimally qualified.

Position Description worksheet (pdf)

2. Identify your transferable skills

Make sure you are “selling” yourself as strongly as possible and responding to all the qualities the employer seeks.

How to identify your transferable skills (pdf)

3. Write an effective resume

The resume samples below are for non-government agency opportunities.  Looking for government samples? Click here!

Write an effective resume that utilizes strong power verbs that showcase your transferrable skills.

How to write an effective resume (pdf)

Power verb examples (pdf)

View Graduate Resume Samples or Undergraduate Resume Samples to help you get started.

Graduate Resume Samples (pdf)

Undergraduate Resume Samples (pdf)

Resumes for Federal, State and Local Government Jobs

4. Write an effective cover letter or professional email

Write an Effective Cover Letter or Professional Email to accompany the resume. View these Cover Letter Samples to get ideas.

How to write an effective cover letter (pdf)

Cover letter samples (pdf)

How to write a professional email (pdf)

Other useful resources

Professional Summaries

NACE Top 10 and Career Competencies (the order of these change minimally from year to year, but the main qualities always stay the same)

How to Put Together a Reference List

How to Request a Letter of Reference

Create a good LinkedIn Profile


Job and salary negotiation

Salary Negotiation Webinar

Idealist Resources for Nonprofit Salary Negotiation

Evaluating a Job Offer (pdf) (guidance for all stages of the process)

Job Offers FAQ and Salary Resources (FAQ + resources for salary evaluation and cost of living)

Job Offer Evaluation Matrix (Excel Spreadsheet for your use)

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Salary Calculators

Cost of Living/Relocation Calculators

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