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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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Wisedoc software


Career Services is partnering with a new resume and cover letter software company called Wisedoc. Northwest students can log in with their campus email and password and easily create application documents. Learn more at

How to log in to Wisedoc

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.

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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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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.

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.