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Résumés, Cover Letters, and Curriculum Vitaes


Here's a place to start if you've never made a résumé before, or if yours hasn't been updated since high school: CCPD’s Guide to Getting Started on Your Résumé (2 MB PDF Document).

Your running résumé is a list of everything you've done; jobs, internships, student organizations, clubs, awards, anything that might be useful to any employer, someday. A specific résumé is something you'll put together for an application. It needs to be polished, with no grammatical errors or typos, and limited to one page. The "look" is up to you, but stick to a more conservative look unless you're sure that color, graphics, or a non-traditional format are a positive way to stand out in your industry. Your study abroad experience can set you apart from other candidates. Learn more in this tip sheet on Including Study Abroad in Your Résumé (86 KB PDF Document).

Have a basic résumé and want to tailor it to your field of interest or application? Come to the CCPD for help. You should know that advice on résumés varies by industry and changes as fast as the job market is changing. CCPD staff members sometimes use the Basic Résumé Review Rubric (120 KB PDF Document) to offer feedback on a student's basic résumé. Articles below offer up-to-date, wide-ranging, and sometimes-conflicting advice from industry professionals:

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Cover Letters

The CCPD Cover Letter Guide (460 KB PDF Document) includes information on creating cover letters as well as a job description and cover letter written specifically for that job description. It’s important to create a cover letter that is tailored to the position for which you are applying. Come to the CCPD for help. Articles below offer often-conflicting advice from industry professionals:

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In the United States and Canada, curriculum vitae (Latin for "the course of a life"), or "CV" in common parlance, refers to a document that describes an academic's educational background and professional experience. It is often thought of as something like an academic's résumé, with the important difference that the CV is typically comprehensive (and therefore long) and a résumé is selective (and short). A copy of your CV will frequently be requested when applying for academic jobs, grants, or conferences. For more information, visit Natalie Houston's article in The Chronicle of Higher Education