What is the Application Review Process?
The Coaching and Talent Development (CTD) team has created materials to help you develop high-quality application materials for target opportunities and is able to review student application materials with a standard 72 hour school day turnaround time. You may submit a cover letter, a resume or both assets for review.
Before you submit your application materials for review:
- You should meet with a coach, as talking through your story is generally correlated with the development of high-quality application materials.
- You should already have worked to understand best practices for cover letters and resumes, as outlined in the resources below.
The first part of the review process is a self-assessment that requires working through a check-list of best practices for each type of asset (i.e., cover letter, resume. If you find yourself unable to indicate that you’ve completed an item on the checklist, you are expected to make any necessary changes to your cover letter and resume BEFORE SUBMITTING to ensure your materials are high quality and best able to benefit from an external review.
Once you have an understanding of the process, please use this form to submit your materials for review. The form will require you to submit the assets you would like to review in Google Doc format, and complete a self-assessment of your materials within a Google Form structure. Anticipate a 72-hour school day turnaround time.
Please note that a CTD Team review is not required before you officially submit an application and that Coaching feedback should not be taken as a stamp of approval. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and put the words “Application Review” in the subject line of your email.
Career Management Labs and Resources
The following resources have been developed to help you understand and utilize best practices when developing resumes and cover letters for professional opportunities.
Minerva Resume Guidance and Templates
- Guidelines: Follow the guidelines in this slide deck to understand how to talk about Minerva and your experience in a resume
- Templates: This Google Drive folder includes a variety of resume templates that are viewed as suitable by the Coaching and Talent Development team
- Action Verbs: All bullets on a resume should lead with active verbs; this sheet contains a list of active verbs categorized by skill type to help you find the right verb for a given activity
- “Tailoring Descriptions” Skills Guide: This guide is designed to provide additional context, examples and support to aid students when practicing the key skill of tailoring their descriptions to the role that they are applying to.
Minerva Cover Letter Guidance and Templates
- Cover Letter Guidelines: This document offers advice and simple suggestions to ensure your cover letter helps distinguish you and your application.
- Cover Letter Templates: This Google Drive folder includes a variety of cover letter templates that are viewed as suitable by the Coaching and Talent Development team.
- “Show, Don’t Tell” Skills Guide: This guide is designed to provide additional context, examples and support to aid students when practicing the key skill of “showing” rather than “telling” the hiring manager about their key qualifications.