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Resume and Application Materials

Application Materials

Application materials are your way to show other people that you have the qualifications and desired skills for the opportunity to which you are applying.  Whether it is an internship, job, grad school, grant, artist in residence, freelance gig, or other opportunity, your application materials are typically the first impression you make.

Resume Resources

Use the resources and handouts below to make a successful resume. It is important to tailor your resume to each and every position to which you apply. You will be more successful if you apply to a few positions with stellar resumes for each, rather than applying to many positions with the same unrelated resume.

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Resume Review

Submit your materials online any time! We review resumes, cover letters, CVs, and other application materials. You will get feedback emailed to you within 5 business days. Please list "Communications and Media" or "Arts, Design, and Performance" as your career interest community. For more precise feedback, please also send us the link to the opportunity to which you are applying.

Cover Letters

Cover Letters are an important aspect of an application packet.  Whether you are applying for an internship, job, graduate school, grants, or something else, a cover letter is how you bring a human element to your application packets and showcase anecdotes that work in tandem with your other application materials.


Preparing for an Interview

The point of a resume is not to get a job, it's to land an interview. The point of an interview is not just to get the job, but to make sure it is the right job for you. Prepare for interviews using these resources.


Grants are another way that independent artists and small arts businesses are able to make money. ASU has many grant writing materials on campus and online for students to use, including certificates offered to grow a student's confidence while learning how to write grant proposals for their future career.  

ASU also has grant writing courses at various levels for students to learn in-depth about what it takes to draft an effective grant proposal and essay. These can be found within the Class Search under the keyword 'Grant Writing'.  

Skill Share is an online learning community where people can discover, take, or instruct a class. They supply a variety of resources and videos which could help you develop professional materials and skills related to grant writing. There is a 7-day free trial to give subscribers an opportunity to explore what Skill Share has to offer. is a free online learning community with a series of videos and courses. Its mission is to instruct individuals in the fundamentals of writing successful grant proposals.


Career Interest Communities

Your major is just one piece of the puzzle! Click the options below to learn more about each career interest area such as job-lists, upcoming events, industry trends, and more.