Yesterday, in my Professional Development class, our professor had a representative from Lehigh’s Career Services come to talk to us about preparing a resume, creating a cover letter, and practicing for interviews. These all seem like things that you wouldn’t have to think about doing, you kind of just do them. However, it is extremely important to plan these things out instead of just throwing them together.
Your resume is one of the first documents an employer will see, and they will quickly judge you from this resume. This goes for your cover letter too, which is a one page paper describing who you are, why you want to work at the company you’re applying to and what you know about the company. For your interview, you want to make sure you have plenty of practice, and at Lehigh, you can go through mock interviews that are located in the Career Services office.
The representative also explained that you can stop by anytime to have your resume or cover letter critiqued, and to sign up for mock interviews. They even have representatives that specialize in one area specifically. For example, Nick Praedin is the coordinator for Co-ops and works with a lot of the engineering students. They even have a representative to work with athletes because athletes have very tight schedules, so this representative works hours to accommodate them.
All of these resources are extremely helpful and available to everyone at Lehigh. It’s never to early to start planning for a career and working on some of these aspects of applying to internships, research opportunities, co-ops and jobs. You can stop by Rauch Business Center on the fourth floor at Career Services rm 484 anytime for help.