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.


Top Ten Pitfalls in Resume Writing

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By Beth Loell
Beth Loell Assistant Director, Career Services
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Your Guide to Crafting a Nonprofit Cover Letter

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If you’re applying to multiple jobs in the social-impact sector, you may be tempted to use the same cover letter in all of your applications, even when the organizations have different …

By Idealist Careers
Idealist Careers | Helping you land, love, and grow in your social-impact career. And visit Idealist.org explore thousands of great jobs and social-impact organizations near you.
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Can My Creative Industry Resume Be More Imaginative?

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There’s a time and a place when it comes to creativity in the job application process.

One of those places, for example, is your resume – especially if you work (or are seeking …

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Earn Credit and Gain Important Job Search Skills

Is landing a job or internship on your list of goals for the next year? We have a course that can help you with that!

For many students, the process of searching for an internship or job can be a …

By Kerry Willard Bray
Kerry Willard Bray Director, Career Services
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4 Ways to Leverage Generative AI to Revamp Your Resume

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Today’s job market is a competitive one.

That means that, in order to secure a job, it’s important to have a well-written resume that really makes an impact on recruiters and hiring managers alike. …

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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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