Resume Help and More

Before embarking on a job or internship search, make sure you've got the basics down from resumes to the application process to interviewing strategies.

Start by reading over the resume suggestions below, and then check out sample resumes for Mackay majors. Applying for a job is sometimes a lengthy process, be sure you're ready for it. Once you get the interview, prepare by reviewing the interviewing strategies section and with sample questions below.


The Purpose of a Resume - To get you an interview!

The person whose qualifications most closely match those sought by the employer gets the interview. To maximize your chances of getting an interview use the same skill/key words in your resume as those sought by the employer and provide specific examples. For more resume tips click here.

Even if you don't have any professional experience, you can include skills learned through coursework or club duties. Here are a few examples of this.

Sample Resumes

Mining Engineering  |  Physical Geography  |  Geology   |  Geological Engineering  (more to come soon)

Cover Letter

The Purpose of a Resume - To explain why you would be the best person for the job!

Cover letter components:

  1. State what position you are applying for and briefly introduce yourself (e.g. major, etc.)
  2. Describe how your experiences, skills, and interests are a good match for the position
  3. Explain why you are drawn to the company you are applying to (aka, what makes them special in your eyes)
  4. Seal the deal-respectfully ask for an interview

Before You Apply

With your resume crafted for the specific job, here are a few things to consider about the application process.

Applying for a job involves many steps, both for you and for the employer. Be sure that you're actually interested in the position and willing to jump through any hoops the application process calls for. Here are some ideas to think about before you apply.

Interview Strategies

Purpose of Interview - To get a second interview? To get the Job!

An interview is more than a resume. At the interview you'll get to demonstrate value, persuade an employer, share your personality, and shine! In short, it is your chance to articulate why you are the best candidate for the job and seal the deal. The best way to do this is to prepare through information gathering and practice. Then you will be ready to perform! For more Interview Strategies, click here.

Sample Questions

To help get you started we have put together a series of possible interview questions.  Click here to check them out.

Practice Interviewing

UNR subscribes to a mock and practice interviewing tool called Interview Stream. Create a free account and get started practicing your interviewing by clicking here.

Advice from Recruiters

“Students need to attend an interview showing they thought about the interview a bit – know something about the company, extra care in attire and hygiene, have a question prepared to ask. Lastly, the importance to apply on-line. We interviewed some students on campus, wanted to move them to phone interviews with the hiring managers, but they did not apply.” - Sheri Snyder, Talent Acquisition Rep Senior for Newmont Mining

“When you come into the industry, most of your peers will also have very similar career goals. There are a lot of people that can help you, but it's your responsibility to be proactive in getting there.“ - Skylie Estep, Technical Recruiter for Barrick Gold

For more information contact:
Katia P. Albright, M.A., GCDF
Coordinator of Career Development