Career Development Getting Started

Whether you have been working on your résumé, cover letter and references long before Pomona College, or this is your first time even thinking about how to put those materials together, the CDO is here to help guide you through that process, no matter what stage of your career journey you might find yourself in. 

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Below, please find some helpful tips and guidance on how to... 

...write a résumé

What experiences and achievements have led you down your career path to where (and who) you are today? Your resume is a snapshot of your story. The CDO has a number of resources to assist in finding the right tools to help you achieve your career goals. 

...write a curriculum vitae

Working on a résumé/CV, cover letter, interview skills, or more? The CDO has complied a number of resources to aid you in developing those skills. 

...write a cover letter

What is a cover letter?  A cover letter introduces you, explains your purpose for writing, highlights a few of your experiences or skills, and requests an opportunity to meet personally with the potential employer.  Find examples and learn more about the best ways to write a cover letter that will help you stand out from the rest. 

...write thank-you letters & emails

Follow up can be the cherry on top of a great interview or redeem a less-than-stellar one. It is also an excellent way to continue networking relationships after an informational interview. Learn more about the best ways to send your gratitude and stand out after your interview.  

...request references/letters of recommendation

Your relationships with professors and staff can make a huge impact on your future. Don't take this step lightly. Start preparing yourself for this step sooner than later.


The interview is essentially a two-way conversation between you and the employer. It allows the employer to find out if you are the best candidate for the position and it gives you the chance to determine if the organization is right for you. Walk into your interviews as prepared as you can be! a network

Recent surveys of employers indicate that 80 – 90% of all hires come through networking! Networking is connecting with others to build a sort of "database" of people who can help you explore careers or maybe even connect you with jobs and/or internships.