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Resumes & Cover Letters

Create a resume that effectively markets your background, skills, and experiences to others. Enhance your resume by including a cover letter that elaborates on your “why” and showcases your writing ability.

Resume

A resume is essentially a marketing tool that communicates the value of your experiences, skills, and accomplishments in a concise document. In the case of a job or internship search, the sole purpose of your resume is to land you an interview.

Recruiters report spending on average 6-8 seconds scanning a resume. With that in mind, it’s important to be strategic about the types of information you choose include and how you present it.

As you research resumes, you’ll quickly observe that there are many different formats and styles out there. There is no “perfect” way to write a resume. There are, however, certain guidelines to take into account regarding structure, content, and formatting. Check out our general resume writing guide and watch our webinar ‘Polishing Your Resume And Preparing Your Pitch.’

Industry-Specific Resume

Once you are familiar with resumes in general, it is important to tailor your information to the position and industry you are applying for. Explore our Career Pathways page to gain inspiration from a variety of industry-specific resume examples.

Cover Letter

Cover letters are important because they give the hiring manager an understanding of who you are, how you learned about the opportunity, why you are interested in working for the organization, and why you would be a great fit for the position.

The content of the cover letter should be coordinated with your resume; however, it should only highlight a few key experiences and skills from your resume to expand upon. Keep in mind that this is your opportunity to demonstrate your writing ability. Make sure that your writing is cohesive, concise, grammatically sound, and persuasive in tone. Reference our cover letter writing guide for further guidance.

Curriculum Vitae

A Curriculum Vitae (CV) is a special type of resume traditionally used within the academic, scientific, and research industries. Unlike resumes, CVs are much more comprehensive in the information they include, not only mentioning earned degrees, work history and experiences, but also including sections dedicated to teaching, research, publications and presentations. CVs tend to be much more static in nature and is only updated as your accomplishments grow. Not sure where to start with writing a CV? Check out our CV writing guide.

 

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