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Resumes and Cover Letters

Resumes and Cover Letters

Resumes and Cover Letters

When you apply for a job or internship your resume and cover letter are often the first impression an employer will have of you. Here is some information to help make them as strong as possible.


Resume Basics

A resume is a very important tool for your job search. This information will help you understand different types of resumes, and help you decide what to include in your resume. There are also sample resume headings and key action verbs for your use.

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Resume vs CV

A resume is a brief and tailored summary of your past work, education, etc. A CV (Curriculum Vitae) is a more complete synopsis. CVs are typically used for applications for academic, research, or scholarly positions. They are also frequently used outside the United States and may be requested if you are applying for a job overseas.

CV resources:

Cover Letters

Written correspondence throughout your job search demonstrates your communication abilities to potential employers as well as your perspective and professionalism. It is important to prepare all correspondence carefully including cover letters and thank you letters.

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References

It is important to include a reference page with your resume. This should be on a separate page, and should include contact information, the same heading as your resume or name and address as a minimum. 

  • Sample Reference Page - It is important to create a heading on your reference page showing your name and contact information. Three to five names are adequate and it is helpful to have some variation in their relationship to you, i.e. a professor, a past employer, etc.

Resume Samples

Sample  
Number

Sample Name Features
1 Double Major
  • Double major
  • Computer technical skills
2 How to Show Education
  • Sample education sections
  • Multiple majors or degrees, same or different institutions
  • Self-financing or contributing to education
  • Research/independent study
  • Show GPA
  • Transfer students
  • Study abroad, internships
  • Associate degree
3 Agriculture Major
  • Agricultural related experiences
  • Field experiences
  • Internships
  • Certifications
  • Language skills
  • Activities
  • Family farm background
4 Broadcast Major
  • Related on campus experiences
  • Related technical/computer skills
  • Foreign language skills
5 Computer Science Major
  • Expanded technical/computer skills
  • Computer Lab Assistant
  • Web development
  • Programming
  • Undergraduate research projects
6 Education major
  • Student teaching and practica experiences
  • Related activities
7 Graphic Design Major
  • Knactive Involvement
  • Creative elements
  • Social media icons
8 Interactive Digital Media Major
  • Summary of skills
  • Market program description to perspective employers
  • Related experiences
  • Two distinct Bachelor degrees
9 International Computer Science Major
  • Show Master and Bachelor
  • Expanded technical/computer skills
  • Related technical experience
  • Honors and awards

Help from Career Services

Staff members are available to critique application materials (examples – resume, cover letter, vitae). Stop by the Career Services office Monday - Friday from 9 AM - 4 PM.

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