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Cover Letters and Résumés

Download CCPD Résumé Guide (578 KB PDF Document)

Download CCPD Cover Letter Guide (460 KB PDF Document)


Résumés are often the first glimpse an employer has into who you are and if you are qualified for a particular position or industry. The Center for Career and Professional Development can help you create your first résumé or fine-tune an existing one.

If you are creating your first draft, we recommend that you use the Personal Résumé Inventory provided by our office. It will help you organize your educational, employment, and volunteerism history. Once you have created your first draft, which should concentrate on content, bring your résumé to the CCPD and have a Career Associate take a look. They will provide feedback to make sure you are highlighting your skills and abilities in the best way possible.

Curriculum Vitae

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 resumé, with the important difference that the CV is typically comprehensive (and therefore long) and a resumé 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. For those studying sciences, this guide is also helpful. 

Additionally, the Center for Career and Professional Development provides a Résumé Guide (578 KB PDF Document) outlining the Résumé Five—the five steps to creating or updating a résumé. Regardless of what stage you are in with your résumé, the Center for Career and Professional Development is here to provide you with feedback. Come in and see us!

Cover Letters

Cover letters accompany résumés when applying for employment. They are critical documents, as they introduce your intentions and attributes to a prospective employer, mentor, or admission counselor. A well-written cover letter will entice the reader to reference your résumé and provide them with a prime writing sample.

Once you have created your first draft, bring your cover letter to the CCPD and have a staff member take a look. They will provide feedback to make sure you are articulating your skills and abilities in such a way that the reader can not help but look at your résumé. 

Additionally, the CCPD provides a Cover Letter Guide (460 KB PDF Document) outlining the necessary contents of your letter. Regardless of what stage you are in with your cover letter the Center for Career and Professional Development is here to provide you with feedback. Come in and see us!