Write a Resume or Cover Letter

The first step in resume writing is knowing what type of job your resume will be for. Visit our Exploring Your Interests page to learn about options, find potential career paths on What Can I Do With This Major? and / or complete career assessments using Focus 2.

Your resume is your marketing tools and should be unique to you, reflecting your education, experience and relevant skills. Use our Effective Resume Writing handout (PDF) as a guide for more information and samples to get you started.

Cover letters are a tool of introduction in the job search and are just as important as your resume. The best cover letters are addressed to a particular person, and are tailored to present your qualifications in relation to the specific job and company of interest. Check out our comprehensive Job Search Letters guide (PDF) for more information on cover letters and other job search documents.

Below are key resources and tips that will help you organize and develop your resume and cover letters for your next search.


5 Ways to Highlight Military Experience on Your Resume  

Whether active duty, reserve, or National Guard, you raised your right hand and signed up to be the <1% to serve your country. That sacrifice comes with endless knowledge and experience that cannot be gained anywhere else. So let’s take about five ways you can highlight your military experience on a resume that will allow you to stand out as a candidate in the civilian job market.

By Melissa Snyder
Melissa Snyder
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End of Semester Reflection and Refresh

Whether or not you are currently seeking opportunities, now is a great time to update your resume. Immediately after the semester you can likely recall many details of these experiences. Even three months from now you may find it challenging to remember the specifics of what you did this semester, which will make it hard to update your resume with strong descriptions.

By Beth Loell
Beth Loell Assistant Director, Career Services
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Need a Resume Reviewed? We’re Here to Help!

The Career & Co-op Center offers many services, and, one particular service is often requested by students: resume reviews. Resumes are critical in the internship and job search process, and are often needed when applying for scholarships or to graduate …

By Kerry Willard Bray
Kerry Willard Bray Director, Career Services
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20 ways to showcase your skills to employers when you have little to no work experience

For as long as people have been searching for jobs, some of those people have understandably complained about employers refusing to hire them because they have no experience yet the only way to get experience is to get hired.

What we’ve learned over the years is that everyone has experience and that it is the job seeker who needs to find a way to showcase those experiences to prospective employers.

By College Recruiter
College Recruiter believes that every student and recent grad deserves a great career.
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Your Quick Guide Checklist to Finding the Right Job

How to Find the Right Job

Finding the job you want takes many steps and often involves a lot of decision-making. With so many factors to keep track of it can lead to numerous documents and endless running lists which …

By Jessy Abramson
Jessy Abramson Career Advisor, Career Services
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Effective Resume Writing Guide

PDF: Check out our guide to write and format your best resume.

Candid Career

Candid Career provides career planning and career information videos to help students learn about job options, industries and job search …

Job Search Letters Guide

PDF: Cover Letter, Letter of Inquiry, Informational Interview Request, Thank you/Follow-up Letter

Federal Resume Guide

Federal jobs, especially those applied to through USAJobs.gov, require a specific approach to your resume. The federal government has a …

Sample Cover Letter 2: Prospecting Letter

PDF: Sample cover letter for an opportunity you learned about through a contact at the company.

Sample Cover Letter 1: Application Letter

PDF: Sample cover letter for an online job, internship, or co-op application.

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