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.

Resumes

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

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

As you research resumes, you’ll quickly observe that there are many different types of formats and styles out there and to be honest, there’s really no “right” way to write a resume. There are, however, certain guidelines that you want to take into account when it comes to structuring content and formatting. Check out our general resume writing guide to get started!

Industry-Specific Resumes

Once you have the hang of writing a general resume, it’s important to tailor your information to the position you are applying to and the industry you are aiming to work in. Explore our Career Pathways pages to gain inspiration from a variety of industry-specific resume examples.

Cover letters

Cover letters are often requested in tandem with resumes when applying for opportunities. Cover letters are important because they give the reader a glimpse into who you are, how you learned about the opportunity, and most importantly, 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. Also keep in mind that the cover letter provides the perfect opportunity to display your writing skills. Be sure that your writing is cohesive, concise, grammatically sound, and persuasive in tone.

Check out our Cover Letter Writing Guide for further guidance.

Curriculum Vitae

A Curriculum Vitae, known as a CV for short, is a special type of resume traditionally used within the academic, scientific, and research communities. Unlike resumes, CVs tend to be 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 rather than being tailored for different positions as a resume would be, a CV only changes as your accomplishments grow. Not sure where to start with writing a CV? Check out our CV writing guide.