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Additional Materials

Many organizations will ask for additional supporting documents which may include a writing sample, transcript (unofficial or official), references, and/or an online portfolio. While these are not required for all job and internship applications, it is good to think about this in advance.

LinkedIn Profile

An increasing number (over 70%) of employers use LinkedIn to research a potential candidate prior to inviting them to an interview. While it is not something that is typically requested of an employer, it is important to have a presence on LinkedIn to showcase your experiences, interests, and connections. Use your profile to highlight specific projects, skills and interests.

  • View this Tip Sheet for information on how to create a great student profile on LinkedIn.
  • Use Student Profiles on Carleton's internal website to help develop your profile between life at Carleton and life after Carleton

Writing Samples

At times you will be asked to provide writing samples as part of your job or internship application.  It is most common for opportunities that are seeking written communication as a primary aspect of the position and includes journalism, PR, research assistant, think tank, policy careers, among others. The goal of a writing sample is to judge your ability to write professionally, clearly, and succinctly. When choosing a sample, consider the writing style you will be using at your job/internship and, whenever possible, make sure to match your samples with the genre of writing the position will involve.

Make sure to submit your best writing even if the topic is not relevant. The alternative would be to strengthen the writing of a topic-relevant paper by rewriting it, only do this if absolutely necessary. It is important to provide excerpts if the samples are too long - we recommend submitting a sample that is 2-5 pages if the employer did not specify length. If submitting an excerpt, make sure to clarify the topic and where in the paper this excerpt is from. Writing samples should also be double-spaced and can be a combination of one or more writing samples. Be sure to proofread and revise to make sure there are no spelling or grammatical errors in your writing. Also, do not forget to add your name to the document.


Most organizations who request a transcript are seeking an unofficial copy. This means that you can simply make a copy or copy/paste the information to a blank document. The most common reasons employers request this is to ensure you have the type of academic background they are seeking. For example, if you are applying to a quantitatively based job, the employer would want to see that you scored well in relevant courses. If you are ever concerned about something as it relates to your transcript, it can sometimes be worth including a note to describe it. Check with a career counselor to determine if this would make sense for you and how to appropriately address it.


Many organizations will request a list of references at some point in the interview process, primarily once you have gone through the initial stage(s) of interviewing. It is best to have this ready in advance and should include the following information: full name, title, employer, your relationship to the person (if not obvious), phone number and email address. If this person is in a different time zone or will be unavailable for a period of time, it is recommended to include this at the time of submission so it does not hold up the process.

Be wise in who you select to serve as a reference and be sure to ask the person in advance by sending them a copy of the job description and your resume so that they are able to be as specific as possible. There are a few rules of thumb in selecting your references: 1) It is better to have people who know you well and can speak to your abilities to do the job requested, rather than someone who is well known in your field. 2) Choose professional references only and those who can specifically discuss your work ethic. Note that a professor is acceptable if the opportunity is academically focused and/or involves research, but should not be used otherwise unless they have supervised you on a project. When in doubt, talk with a career counselor about your options.

Online Portfolio

This is only necessary for students seeking creative focused opportunities (primarily in media, entertainment, advertising, technology, etc.). Employers want to see a showcase of work that is relevant to the opportunity they are seeking to fill. Keep the layout simple and easy to navigate with elements including 'about me', resume/cv, examples of your work and links to your social media handles. Ultimately, if you want someone to hire you for your writing, be sure you have a place where the employer can get a feel for both your skills and style.

There are a number of options available to easily create a website for low cost including and Many vendors, including Squarespace, offers educational discounts for students of up to 50% off so do some research before getting started.

Looking for Examples? Click on the links to see a few 'books': Art, Copywriter, Design 1, Design 2, Interaction Design.

To find additional examples, utilize LinkedIn to identify people who have recently been hired at your organizations of interest and look for similarities.

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This page was last updated on 18 January 2018