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Cover Letters

Resources at Watson Library: 

Resources on the Web: 

Purdue OWL Cover Letter Workshop

CareerOneStop Cover Letters

Resumes

Resources at Watson Library: 

Resources on the Web: 

Perdue OWL Resume Workshop

Resume Guide from CareerOneStop

What should I include in my federal resume?

Things to Remember About References

Most job applications will ask you for references. The idea is for you to provide contact information for people who can speak to your abilities and work ethic. 

You should always ask a person for permission to use them as a reference BEFORE you put their name down - this way, they know to expect a call and have a chance to think about what to say. Someone caught off guard because they had no idea you were using them as a reference may not be able to give you a good reference, and you really don't want that to happen. 

You should also give references a heads-up when you start a new job search - again, so they know to expect calls.  

Previous managers, supervisors, or other people you've worked for are the best sources of references - but if you aren't ready to tell your current job that you're job-searching, don't use a current manager! 


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