Resumes and Cover Letters

Your resume outlining your work experience and the cover letter that accompanies it are critical pieces of communication. Follow these guidelines for resume and cover letter success.

Resumes

A resume is your most important tool for getting a job, internship, or scholarship. If you don't one have one, don't worry – it’s easy to get started. Pick a template or make your own in a Word document. Be sure to create a header, include multiple sections, and add everything about you that you would want an employer to know.

Sample resume template

Take a look at our sample resume template (PDF) to get some ideas. Be sure to use power verbs (PDF) after each of your bullets to create a strong description of the experiences and transferable skills you’ve gained from each job, club, or activity. 

Once you've begun to format your resume and added some job and involvement descriptions, use this checksheet (PDF) to see if you're on the right track. Then, go to CareerGear to make an appointment with a Career Counselor to get your resume reviewed.

Remember

Resumes take time to perfect – an employer can tell how much work you put into it. All your hard work will pay off in the long-run when you get offered that job or internship.

Cover Letters

A cover letter is the best way to connect your skills and experiences to the job or internship you’re applying for. Your cover letter is tailored to each position and relates your specific skills and experiences to the job responsibilities in the job or internship posting. Your cover letter should explain what you can do for an employer and why the employer should hire you.

For each cover letter, be sure to:

  • Include a thesis statement summarizing the skills and experiences you can offer the employer.
  • Specifically list the company and position.
  • Use correct grammar, spelling, formatting, and punctuation.

Click here for a template (PDF) to get you started. Make an appointment on Career Gear to have your cover letter reviewed.