Guides & Handouts

Guides

Resume Preparation Guide
A great starting place for those beginning a co-op, internship, or job search. This guide includes common resume formats, traditional and optional components, and customization tips. Also includes a helpful reference sheet for action words, as well as numerous sample resumes.

Cover Letters & Other Job-Search Correspondence Guide
No resume is complete without a cover letter, and a well-written thank-you letter can help you land the job! This guide describes the purpose and use of job-search correspondence and how to write the various types of letters.

Job-Search Strategies Guide
Essential for graduating seniors searching for full-time employment, but also helpful to those seeking a co-op or internship opportunity. This guide helps you set the stage for your job search by focusing on attitude, preparation, and numerous job-searching strategies. Includes helpful documents such as an introduction letter, telephone script, and job offer checklist.

Interviewing Guide
Ace that big interview! This guide describes the types of interviews you may encounter, what employers want, how to prepare, and what to do after the interview. Sample questions will help you hone your interviewing skills. Also includes a list of questions to ask interviewers, and a guide to handle illegal questions.

Job-Search Guide for International Students
For international students seeking employment in the U.S. Includes a self-assessment, resume and cover letter tips, and strategies for identifying potential employers.

Graduate School & Professional School Guide
Is graduate school for you? Where? When? Answers to these questions and more are in this guide. Also includes information about the application process, graduate school interviews, and financial aid options.

Nonprofit Careers Guide
Learn about nonprofit careers.

Government Careers Guide
Learn about internship and career opportunities within the federal government and tips for a federal government job search. Includes helpful websites for job seekers and a breakdown of pay scales and general schedule (GS) explanation.

Career Guide for LGBTQ Students
A person’s sexual orientation and gender identity can have an impact on a number of factors related to career planning, including which career fields are most appealing, how to identify a positive work environment and organizational culture, and how to navigate the job search.

Handouts

Career Development Timeline
Use this as a guide toward your career destination.

HireNKU Student Guide
Review this one-page guide to ensure you're making the most of HireNKU.  Videos are also available here.

Professional Attire (for interviews/work)
Describes and gives visual examples of interview-appropriate attire and accessories for men and women. Includes other helpful image tips to consider during your job-search and interview process.

Cover Letter Worksheet (Word)  (PDF Version)
Complete the blanks on this worksheet then follow the example to create a personalized cover letter.

Professional Clothing Resources
Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati Thrift, Consignment, and Outlet Stores.

Online Social Networking
Discusses the growing necessity for and proper management of your online image. Provides a list of common online social networking sites, as well as tips for managing your online profile.

Graduate School Application Timetable
Presents a suggested timetable that may be helpful to those pursuing graduate school. Provides helpful tips and important things to keep in mind during the process.

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