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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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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 Name Features
1 Double Major
  • Double major
  • Residential Life and SOAR Leader experiences
  • Campus leadership roles
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 Biology Major
  • Academic honors
  • Student involvement
  • Science related experiences
5 Broadcast Major
  • Related on campus experiences
  • Related technical/computer skills
  • Foreign language skills
6 Business Economics Major
  • Relevant coursework
  • Research
7 Business Management/Marketing
  • Double major
  • Northwest on campus experiences
  • Athletics
  • Graduate Assistant
8 Computer Science Major
  • Expanded technical/computer skills
  • Computer Lab Assistant
  • Web development
  • Programming
  • Undergraduate research projects


Education Major


  • Student teaching and practica experiences
  • Related activities

  • Paragraph style descriptions
  • Bachelor and Associate degrees
  • Related experiences
10 Electronic Resume
  • Email or Internet format
  • Keywords
11 Emergency & Disaster Management
  • Explains new degree program
  • Related field training and experience
  • Certifications
  • Volunteer and Leadership roles

Federal Resources
(resume tips and where
to find jobs/internships)

  • Federal resume and KSA writing
  • Mastering the Federal application process
  • Where the jobs are
  • Making a difference
  • Best places to work rankings
13 Geography/GIS Major
  • Financial contribution to education
  • Related experiences
  • Technical/computer skills
  • Activities/honors
14 Interactive Digital Media Major
  • Summary of skills
  • Market program description to perspective employers
  • Related experiences
  • Two distinct Bachelor degrees

International Student Resumes:

  • Show Master and Bachelor
  • Expanded technical/computer skills
  • Related technical experience
  • Honors and awards
  • Show Master and Bachelor
  • Show previous internship and work experiences
  • Show on campus involvement
16 Liberal Arts Resume
  • English major
  • Summary of qualifications
  • Double major
  • Study abroad
17 MBA and Industrial Psychology
  • Graduate/undergraduate-same institution
  • Related experiences and work experiences
  • Campus jobs
  • Collegiate athletics
18 Psychology Resume
  • Relevant courses
  • Internships
  • Other experiences
19 Two degrees
  • Show Master and Bachelor plus double major
  • Sports and sports leadership
  • Peer Advisor
  • Campus leadership roles
20 High School/College Freshman

  • Part-time job objective with related experience
  • AP classwork
  • Activities/Leadership

  • High School
  • Theatre, debate, and Leadership experience

  • Displays High School Diploma and continuing education
  • Seeking on campus part-time position

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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