Strategies for Success

Brand yourself effectively through gaining the practical skills to launch your career including a polished resume and cover letter, proactive job search strategies, professional networking skills, salary negotiation techniques, and strong interview skills to become a competitive applicant in today’s market.

Resumes & Cover Letters

A resume and cover letter is often your first impression to an employer and you want the impression to be outstanding. To ensure that your resume stands out from the rest, attend resume workshops offered by Extended University or make an appointment to meet with Extended University’s career counselor. Also, see our Resume Handbook (PDF, 2 MB) for information on how to develop a polished resume, cover letter, professional reference sheet, and thank you letter.

Job Search Strategies

Try several job search methods. If you limit your job search to just one method, you will limit your options. To be competitive in today’s market, you should use multiple methods. No single job search method will reveal all of the jobs out there. Not every kind of job or industry is represented in every job search method. If you want to maximize your options, you will need to use multiple methods. For more, read Job Search Tips (PDF, 186 KB).

Interview Preparation

When you study for a test, you have a better chance of getting a good grade. Similarly, practicing your responses to specific interview questions will make you feel more at ease and more confident when you interview. See Preparing for the Interview (PDF, 275 KB) and Interview Handbook (PDF, 752 KB)

The Interview: Professional Dress

You want to make a lasting first impression through professional dress and communicate to employers that you are the right person for the job. See Professional Dress Guidelines (PDF, 265 KB)

Handling the job offer

Once you receive a job offer, your job search takes on a new dimension. Until that point, the primary focus of your search is to convince employers to choose you. With an offer in hand, you have to make a choice to accept the offer or not. Here are some guidelines that can help you make an informed decision: Job Offer Guidelines (PDF, 295 KB.