Career and Internship Center staff are here to help!
The Career and Internship Center is located in the Ferguson Building, Suite 103.
Please use the form below to submit your comments or questions, or to schedule an appointment.
**Please allow our office one business day to respond to your request. We will do our best to give your request prompt attention and scheduling as your preferences indicate. If you do not receive an email response, please check your SPAM folder, then email or call the office indicating you are following up on your initial contact.**
Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Career and Internship Center
611 East Porter Street
Albion, MI 49224
Write a Cover Letter
All the time and effort you put into producing a professional/polished résumé should be complemented with a well constructed cover letter. When receiving a letter and résumé, most employers will read the letter first. This means that if you want an employer to give your resume serious consideration, you have to sell yourself in your letter.
Writing effective letters takes considerable thought and effort. You must reflect not only on your personal objectives, but also on the needs and interests of your reader and the requirements of the situation. Ideally your letters should flow from and be linked to the following career development activities:
- Assessing your abilities, interests, values and motivations
- Researching and evaluating occupations and employers
- Defining your work objectives and career goals
- Writing a professional resume
- Planning and implementing your job search campaign
- Interviewing for job opportunities
- Choosing appropriate employment
Even though letter writing most directly supports the last three tasks, it is important to place this activity in the broader context of career planning and your job search. Should you find yourself struggling with your letters, it may be because you have failed to devote the necessary attention to assessing your strengths, researching occupations and employers, and defining your work objectives and career goals.
What Are Mock Interviews?
To develop a confident interview style, you may wish to practice in a "risk-free" atmosphere. A mock interview in the Career and Internship Center serves to help you recognize areas in which you excel as well as areas of improvement that would enhance your interview style.
All appointments are videotaped. After a 10-15 minute interview, you and your mock interviewer will review the tape and discuss your performance. You will receive a suggestion form after your interview with notes on potential strategies for improvement. The entire appointment typically lasts 45 minutes to 1 hour.
It is a good idea to prepare for your mock interview in advance. Reading literature on interview techniques and reviewing potential questions will be helpful.
To schedule a mock interview
- Contact the Career and Internship Center Office identifying your career interest or position for which you are applying.
- Bring a résumé to the interview.
- Dress and groom as you will for the actual interview - we will provide feedback to assure you of the right look.
- If you would like to keep a videotape of your mock interview, bring a tape.
We look forward to working with you!
Resources in Exploring Careers
The following provide links to resources that may assist you in exploring careers of interest. The Career and Internship Center is available to assist you at any point in your search!
America's Career Infonet - Information on the current job market and links to other valuable career resources.
Careers.org - Index of career related web sites.
Exploring Occupations - Links to sites containing descriptions of a wide range of occupations.
Health Career Center - Figuring out which healthcare career or health occupation to pursue, or simply finding a good job, can be a difficult and time-consuming endeavor. Healthcareercenter.org was created to help aspiring healthcare and medical students and job seekers make better, more informed career choices by providing them with highly relevant, reliable and up-to-date job search, career development, and employment information.
Inside Jobs - Fun-to-read job profiles that use salary ranges, work environment information, and videos to provide an inside look into different careers.
Occupational Outlook Handbook - U.S. Department of Labor information on specific occupations including the nature of work, working conditions, employment, training, job outlook, and earnings.
Note: This page contains links to web sites that are not under the control of Albion College or the Career and Internship Center. We are not responsible for the contents of any linked site. The Career and Internship Center provides these links merely as a courtesy and not as an endorsement. The data contained in this web site is for informational purposes only and is not represented to be error free.