Résumé / Cover Letter Writing
Résumés and cover letters are key tools for a job search. It’s essential that you perfect your business documents to be successful.
Writing A Résumé
A résumé summarizes your education, experience, and skills related to your career goals and objectives. It is important that your résumé highlights your accomplishments, identifies your strengths, and is tailored to the position and/or industry you are pursuing. A curriculum vita, though with unlimited page space, does all of the things a resume does but with some added sections like publications, grants, research, conferences, and other more academic-oriented area.
Here are some helpful guides, samples, and tips on writing, organizing, and formatting your résumé or curriculum vita:
Types of Résumés
Guides to Résumés and Vitas
- Undergraduate Résumés (PDF)
- Curriculum Vitas (PDF)
- Alumni Résumés (PDF)
- Résumé Dos and Don’ts (PDF)
- Résumé Action Verbs and Adverbs (PDF)
- Federal Résumés (PDF)
Writing Your Résumé
Sample Curriculum Vitas
- CV Sample 1: Counseling Psychology
- CV Sample 2: Public Affairs
- CV Sample 3: Med School
- CV Sample 4: Political Science
- CV Sample 5: Health Education
- CV Sample 6: English
A cover letter tells the employer what type of position you are seeking and explains your objective. Cover letters entice the employer to learn more about you by reading your résumé and can impress the employer by showcasing your knowledge about the company and its goals. Cover letters are also a great tool to show the employer your communication skills.
- Guide to Cover Letters (PDF)
- Cover Letter Sample: Response to Specific Position
- Cover Letter Sample: Response to General Position
- Cover Letter Sample: Direct Outreach to Employer
- Cover Letter Sample: Follow Up After Submitted Application
- Cover Letter Sample: Response to Internship
- Cover Letter Sample: Email Cover Letter
Additional Business Communication
Writing to employers is extremely important in how the employer views you as a potential candidate. All employers value those who can communication clearly in written form, so make sure you carefully craft emails, LinkedIn messages, and thank you notes before sending.