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Internship and Resume

  1. Jan 13, 2008 #1
    Hello there,

    Im a chemical engineering major, and i need some help writing a resume for internships. Is there any good format that i should follow? Do i have to write an essay? List of references?

    thanks,
     
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  3. Jan 13, 2008 #2

    If you mean essay as in a cover letter, definitely. Even if they don't ask for one, it is automatically assumed for any professional job/internship. I only list references if it is asked.
     
  4. Jan 14, 2008 #3
    Not true all the time. I applied for tons of internship postings and usually leave the cover letter field blank - I still get numerous calls from employers for interviews (whether it be phone or on-site). I actually accepted an offer in which I didn't even provide a cover letter at all.
     
  5. Jan 14, 2008 #4
    So for a professional job (not an internship), if they just ask for a resume... should I assume that they don't need a cover letter? I'm just asking so I can save me the trouble and time in writing cover letters every time I apply for different jobs.
     
  6. Jan 14, 2008 #5
    I would assume the same thing - if they don't request it, then no. Some employers always read cover letters, and some don't even bother with it. I would think that if they TOLD you specifically that you need one, then you obviously need one.

    For example, I've applied to a lot of jobs @ IBM. When you apply, they have a covers letter section (which isn't required, but it's still there) and a resume section (obviously which is required). I've just left the cover letter section blank and just pasted my resume. Still got calls from them.
     
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