Office ofCareer Connections

Resumes & Cover Letters

You just heard about a great internship opportunity . . . A friend e-mailed you about an open position at her company that would be perfect for you . . . You saw a job posted online that looks really interesting . . . Now what? That's easy -- send in a cover letter and resume! Don't have a resume? Or your resume is outdated and needs to be completely redone? Never written a cover letter? No worries! Here are some tips to help you get started!

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If you are not sure where to start, use the Resume Worksheet to help brainstorm all of your experiences and skills before you format your actual resume:

Types of Resumes:
Chronological Resume
Chronological:  The chronological resume is the most simple and straightforward format. The chronological format lists your background and work experience in reverse chronological order, starting with the most recent. This is the most common - and often the most effective - format.
Sample functional resume  
Functional: The functional resume focuses on skills and abilities. It draws attention to accomplishments and highlights the skills relevant to the position you are considering. This style works well for those who are career changers and new to the field.

 For more examples (and formatting instructions) check out our comprehensive Resume Packet:
Writing a cover letter

Cover letters serve an important role in the application process.  If you are planning to submit a resume, then you should also plan to submit a cover letter.  A cover letter is an opportunity to:

  • Introduce yourself to the company or institution where you are applying.
  • Highlight your qualifications for the position.
  • Express your interest in the position and how your experiences are a good match for that position and the company.
  • Showcase your written communication skills.