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Present Yourself Professionally

  • Take care with your resume and cover letter, which often form an employer’s first impression of you. There are norms for content and design that employers expect, and that help them read and comprehend quickly. Learn how to design application materials that grab attention; read CORC’s guides for writing resumes and cover letters and make an appointment with a CORC career counselor.
  • Dress your best for interviews, regardless of the “dress code” at the organization. If you're in doubt about how to dress for an interview, lean toward conservatism. It is better to be overdressed than underdressed.
  • Practice talking about yourself. This will help you both with networking and with interviews. Have coherent, fairly brief responses ready for questions about what your experience has been, what your strengths are, what you want to do with your life, what career you want to pursue. Not sure? Come up with your best vision for the next year or two. Practice answering these types of questions out loud, with a friend or in front of a mirror. CORC counselors are happy to help you practice with the types of questions interviewers might ask.

Contact Us

Career Options Resource Center
Harold Johnson Library, Third Floor
Hampshire College
893 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
Fax 413.559.6148

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