Resumes, Cover Letters, & LinkedIn Profiles
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As you begin your search for a job or an internship, you’ll need an effective resume and online presence to present yourself to potential employers. The Career Center offers a wealth of resources to help you make a compelling case for yourself.
Your resume, a one-page summary of your experiences and skills, should highlight your extracurricular and volunteer accomplishments as well as your work experience. Learn how to write an effective resume, browse sample resumes, and understand the role of keywords and the importance of action verbs.
An online presence helps to build your professional brand and allows employers and recruiters to find you when searching for talent. Your LinkedIn profile provides your resume and much more “hireable” content. For more information, read about using social media as part of a job search, see How to Write an Effective LinkedIn Profile, or attend any of our LinkedIn workshops.
Workshops & Critiques
We encourage all undergraduates to attend a resume and cover letter workshop to learn more about the process of writing job-search documents. After attending a workshop, students may also take advantage of our one-on-one resume and cover letter critiques with a peer advisor or career advisor.
Some employers might request an unofficial transcript. To obtain an electronic version follow the steps below:
Your Degree Audit is your unofficial transcript. Go to Agora to get your degree audit. Send it to your email account. Copy and paste it into a Word document and at the top of the document, type: "This is an unofficial copy of my grades at Boston College." Upload it into EagleLink within the "Documents" module.
Your Course History is your unofficial transcript. Go to Agora and click on "Course History", and send it to your email account. Copy and paste it into a Word document and at the top of the document, type: "This is an unofficial copy of my grades at Boston College." Upload it into EagleLink within the "Documents" module.
Job seekers in some fields use career portfolios to augment cover letters and resumes. Containing samples of your best work—such as reports, papers, studies, or presentations—your portfolio is a visual demonstration of your skills, accomplishments and experiences.
Employers in some fields, such as science research, require candidates to submit a curriculum vitae—a longer, more extensive version of a resume. For more information, check these tips on writing a curriculum vitae or see our online workshop.