Job Seeker Glossary

The search for a job can be overwhelming, especially when you're reading job postings for hours on end. That's why I put together this glossary of job, employment, and career terms; to help make your job-search and application process a little easier.

Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) — Used by major employers to collect, store job candidate data and screen resumes from potential job candidates. 

Background Check — Used by employers to verify the accuracy of the information you provide on your resume or job application. Information checked include: employment verification, educational background, references, credit history, medical records, driving record, court records, criminal records, and more.

Cover Letter — Should always accompany your resume when you contact a potential employer. A good cover letter opens a window to your personality (and describes specific strengths and skills you offer the employer). Cover Letters formats include: invited, uninvited, and referral.

Curriculum Vitae (CV) — See Resume

Electronic Resume (or E-Resume) — A resume (see resume) that is sent to the employer electronically, either via email, by submitting to Internet job boards, or on their on website. 

Elevator Pitch — A 15 to 30-second pitch that job-seekers use in a variety of situations (career fairs, networking events, job interviews]) that shares who you are, what makes you different, and the benefits you can provide. 

Email Cover Letter — A cover letter (see Cover Letter) that is sent to the employer electronically via email. 

Follow-Up — Contacting the employers AFTER you've submitted your resume or had an interview. In the early phases of searching for a job, Follow-up is also important after the job interview, first with a thank-you letter, but then also with contact expressing your interest and fit for the position. 

Internships —  Internships involve working in your expected career field, either during a semester or over the summer. Besides gaining valuable experience, you get exposed to the business environment and gain valuable references and network contacts. 

Interview — See Job Interviewing

Job Application — Also known as an Application for Employment. Many organizations require you to complete an application (either to get an interview or prior to an interview).

Job Interviewing — Both the employer and the job-seeker want to determine if the fit is right between them. The job interview is an opportunity for the employer to interview the job-seeker for the position they are hiring. Interview formats include: phone, stress, situational, group, traditional, and screening.

Letter of Interest — See Cover Letter

Letter of Recommendation — A letter of support for your skills, ability, and work ethic, usually written by a former boss or co-worker, but could also be from a teacher or personal reference. 

References — A group of people who will say good things about you and who know specifics strengths that you offer. References may include professional references (current and past supervisors), educational references (former teachers or school administrators), and personal references (who can speak of your character). Prior to including someone as a reference, ask the person for permission.  

Resume — A key job-hunting tool used to apply for jobs and get an interview, It summarizes your accomplishments, education, work experience, and should reflect your skills, personality, and strengths. Resumes come in various formats: chronological, electronic, functional, keyword, text, video, Curriculum Vitae, and web-based.

Don't see a certain job-hunting or employment-related term listed? Comment below. 




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My 2nd Birthday & Giveaways

Raise a glass, it's my business birthday week!

Two years ago, I made Ashlee Chu Marketing (ACM) official. I started out with the intent to market the worth of others. That goal has not and will not change. Within the last year, I have gained humility and perspective in terms of how to better serve my clients and how I encourage anyone who comes across  ACM. 

Quick One-Liner-Lessons on Year Two: 

It's OK to say no. 

Listen. Pray. Serve. Deliver.

Know your limits. 

Stream(line) work helps the dream work. 


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A Woman of Work & Worth: Jessie Artigue

Within the Work and Worth series, I highlight women who embody Work and Worth. Jessie Artigue is a style and life blogger, one-half of the podcast Marriage is Funny and mentor of Pepperologie. Here are some of her thoughts on #WorkandWorth.

 What does the phrase Work and Worth mean to you?  

The phrase “work and worth” is a scary pairing of the two things that I’ve been trying hard to separate over the past several months.

How are you an example of a Christian woman in the workplace?  

Simply being with Jesus is such a core part of me at all times... I would hope that ANY place that I’m a part of (whether it be my kitchen table or my church or the neighborhood bar) would give me the opportunity to trust steadily, hope unswerving, and love extravagantly in his name. The most specific example I can think of is paying attention to the Holy Spirit and letting that presence guide my steps!

How do you not lose sight of your worth when working within the style and media industries?  

Thankfully, I learned something very important in the early stages of my business: Encouraging other women along their own path (regardless of the industry) is the best way to avoid getting caught up in my personal struggles with self-worth.

Where do you find grace (and/or inspiration) as a working woman?  

At the moment, my biggest source of inspiration is the chance to just be still and listen. (Two things that I’m historically not very good at!). I’ve taken a slower approach to business over the Summer, and the extra time in each day has made room for listening, writing and praying for His words to be what fills up the additional space in my heart.

What is your biggest piece of advice for women and worth?  

Find confidence by embracing your truth. I believe that we were created in the image of God, and living that out is such a beautiful way to be mirrors of his reflection for others to see.

Left to Right: Hilary Rushford, Ashlee Chu, and Jessie Artigue at The Influence Conference, 2014 

Left to Right: Hilary Rushford, Ashlee Chu, and Jessie Artigue at The Influence Conference, 2014 



Jessie Artigue has the most effortless style and colorful personality. Follow Jessie on Instagram, read her blog Style and Pepper, listen to her podcast Marriage is Funny, and learn her ways through Pepperologie

5 Podcasts for Your Work Day

Among the many podcasts available, I've rounded up some of my favorites to encourage, inspire, and keep you going throughout your work day. 


This is by far one of my favorite business podcasts! Their discussions go beyond practical advice, they provide action steps and occasional resources. 

Description: Hosted by Ken Coleman, the EntreLeadership Podcast features lively discussions and tips on leadership and business by some of the top minds in the business, like Mark Cuban, Seth Godin, Jim Collins and Simon Sinek.

Listen here.


These women are boss, really. They spread their branding and coaching experience like wildfire through tactics, tools, and strategies. 

Description: Being boss is owning who you are and making things happen. Emily Thompson and Kathleen Shannon believe in building a business you love, making bank, and being unapologetically who you are 100% of the time. 

Listen here.


Tiffany has a way of being very personable in her podcasts - she tells a story while dishing up some business truth.

Description: Tiffany Han is on a mission to change the way creative women interact with their dreams - the big, scary ones that, until now, most of us have pushed aside for the sake of skirting fear, staying safe, and keeping everyone around us (including ourselves!) comfortable. 

Listen here


This podcast is a mix of humor and unique business conversation. 

Description: On each episode, Nasty Gal founder and author of #Girlboss Sophia Amoruso interviews world-class girlbosses who have made their mark in creative, cultural, and business ventures to extract solid advice from the lessons they've learned along the way. 

Listen here.


The goal is to help limit work and succeed at life. Topics range from leadership, survival secrets, business mindset - even how to vacation like a pro. 

Description: This Is Your Life with Michael Hyatt is a weekly podcast dedicated to intentional leadership. The goal is to help you live with more passion, work with greater focus, and lead with extraordinary influence.

Listen here.

Have a podcast recommendation? Share them below in the comments.

Why and How to Clean Your Social Media for a Job Search

With fifty-two percent* of employers using social networking sites to research candidates, the lines between personal and professional can easily blur. When it comes to a job search, social media can help make it more convenient. With the right combination of presence, consistency, and effort, social media can create a good impression with future employers.


  • Add experience, skills, and projects to your LinkedIn profile.
  • Create a professional Twitter account to engage in industry news and share insights. 
  • Consider an online portfolio or professional blog to showcase your abilities.
  • Google yourself. Determine if you’d be comfortable with a future employer seeing or reading something about you.
  • Take action to manage the information that is available about you online. 

Lastly, check your account and privacy settings across all social media.  


  • Have profiles with information that supports your qualifications 
  • Share content that not only shows your insight but your personality
  • Maintain a professional (and relateable) persona across social media profile

With these tips, you can feel confident to leverage your social media to positively impact your job search. 

*Harris Poll, 2015




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