Resumes and cover letters

Resumes

Your resume is an important tool used to market your experiences to prospective employers and demonstrate how you are qualified for positions. It is a professional written document that communicates your education, experiences, and skills related to the type of position you are seeking.

To Get Started:

  1. Make a list of experiences you’ve had—education and training, jobs, internships, research, projects, volunteer work, leadership, student organizations, etc. 
  2. Think about what you contributed, what skills you used and developed, and your significant achievements from these experiences.  
  3. Begin to craft your resume by organizing these experiences into sections. Avoid using a resume template. 

Keep in mind that the resume you use to apply for a particular position should address the skills and qualifications outlined in the job description; therefore, your resume is a fluid document that should continually change as you apply for different opportunities and acquire new skills and experiences. 

For more details, tips, and examples, download our Undergraduate Resume or Graduate Resume and Curricula Vitae guides and our Applicant Tracking System Guide.

Cover Letters 

A cover letter is sent with a resume to introduce yourself to an employer. The purpose of the cover letter is to supplement your resume and demonstrate that you have the skills and experiences required in the job description. It is essential that a cover letter is well-written as it also serves as a representation of your written communications skills. When applying for a specific position, you should reference that position description while composing your cover letter to best tailor your skills and qualifications to the position.

For more details, tips, and examples, download the Cover Letters Guide.