Dress for Success
Dress for Success Closet
Get an outfit to wear for FREE to your next job interview or Job Fair. Professional clothes are expensive and we don’t want any EKU student to miss out on an opportunity just because they weren’t able to “look the part.”
Dress for Success Closet Guidelines
- Usage of the closet is completely confidential.
- The individual must have an interview scheduled for a professional part-time job, co-op position, internship, full-time job or graduate school/professional school interview or to attend an Office of Advising and Career Services networking event like a Job Fair.
- Each individual is limited to one outfit.
- Clothing is to be kept by the individual for future use.
To schedule an appointment to visit the closet by calling 859-622-1296 or visit this site.
- If you need help identifying appropriate professional attire for an event, we’re happy to help! Feel free to call the office and make an appointment to meet with a member of our staff.
- We host Dress for Success workshops and events such as Suit-Up to help you learn to look your best!
Resumes and Cover Letters
Your resume and cover letter often serve as your first introduction to a potential employer. It is important that the documents are well organized, error-free and professional. The following tips will help you get started:
- Be consistent with the same letterhead (font, design) on your resume, cover letter, and reference sheet.
- Avoid using templates.
- Entry-level resumes are typically one page. Use two pages only if you have extensive experience in your field.
- Use action words to describe your previous jobs and experiences. Write in third person (avoid “I” or “my” statements).
- Be professional – make sure your format and wording are clear and concise Avoid using clipart and pictures. Keep it simple.
- Focus on relevant information. Do not include personal information such as age, health, race, marital status or hobbies.
- Proofread your resume several times. Have other people proofread as well. Visit the Office of Advising and Career Services for a resume critique.
- Save your resume as a PDF before uploading it to a job posting system or emailing. This will ensure the document appears correctly for the viewer.
- Keep the look of all your documents consistent. Use the same letterhead, font, and design that you have created for your resume.
- Address your letter to the hiring manager. Greet the hiring manager/recruiter with “Dear First Name Last Name” and a colon. If you don’t know the recruiter’s name, contact EKU’s Office of Advising and Career Services to find out the name of the person or use a neutral greeting such as Dear Hiring Official.
- Do not send form letters. Tailor each letter to the company, department and, if possible, specific position. Clarify why you want to work at this particular company, and explain why you and the company are a good fit.
- Keep your cover letter to one page. Focus on three questions – why are you writing, why should the employer hire you, and how will you follow up with the employer.
- Be honest. When outlining your achievements and credentials, be confident in your letter, but don’t exaggerate, brag or lie.
- Read, edit and re-read your letter for typos. Utilize EKU’s Office of Advising and Career Services for help with resume and cover letter critiques and personalized feedback. Schedule your resume and cover letter review on our website.