Resumes and CVs are documents that summarize and highlight education, experiences, and activities relevant to career goals. A well-constructed resume documents skills and helps convince an employer about skills and qualifications for the job or internship. A CV documents graduate research and teaching experience as well as publications and presentations. The resume or CV usually is the gateway to an interview.
Cover letters express the interest and fit for the position applying. The process of constructing a targeted, thoughtful cover letter may feel time consuming, however the payoff is often well worth it.
An extremely important document that should be sent after every interview is a thank you letter. This simple step demonstrates professionalism, business etiquette, and genuine interest in the position.
Employers ask for a list of references from candidates at some point in the application process either at the beginning or later. It is a good idea to start thinking about references, as this can be a stressful task for many students.