Job Search Preparation

Searching for a new job at IU? Here are some tips to help you prepare.

Things to do

Resume Tips

The purpose of a resume is to provide a professional summary of yourself. Your resume is often your first opportunity to make a good impression and to get noticed by hiring committees. Resumes are best when tailored and relevant to the position you're applying.

A good resume should include:

Resumes should NOT include:

Cover Letter Tips

Cover letters can help introduce yourself in a memorable way on an employment application. Cover letters are usually optional for IU staff employment applications, yet they are a great opportunity for you to showcase your skills as well as your interest in the position. When writing a cover letter, it is important for it to be customized for the position you're applying.

Information to include in a cover letter:

Interviewing Tips

IU generally conducts behavioral interviewing for staff positions. Behavioral interviewing is when hiring committees ask questions focused on learning how the interviewee behaved in certain situations. Behavioral interviewing questions at IU focus on the major IU staff competencies of customer focus, collaboration, values differences, ensures accountability, instills trust, and customer focus. Other interview questions may be technical or functional in nature.

Behavioral interview question usually begin with:

Other interview question(s) relating to current events:

To prepare for a behavioral interview: