Gayle Townsend '80 advises a student during a resume review appointment.


A resume is a snapshot of your professional experiences and skills. It will evolve over time as you change or focus your career goals and as you gain more experience. If you'd like a SEC staff member to review your resume, make an appointment on Handshake

Here are some sample resumes to help you begin writing your own:

Here are some additional useful resources:

  • Action Words - A list of verbs categorized by skill, to be used on a resume. 
  • Skills by Category - How do you express your skills in my resume? Organized by skill set
  • Resume Checklist - Provides a brief outline for the construction and content of a resume
  • The Reference Page - Need to provide a list of references? This PDF gives a brief guide on creating one.
  • SEC Resource Library (Books) - We have a great library of resources for job search and resume development in Reid 219.

Cover Letters

A cover letter often serves multiple purposes, mainly to provide a story and a more detailed explanation of your skills and experiences. Try to create a cover letter that is both informative and interesting to the reader. Do not send one generic cover letter to multiple employers. If you want to catch their attention, you must tailor the letter to each individual organization.

Additionally, your cover letter demonstrates your writing skills. Make sure that your cover letter is grammatically sound and free of spelling mistakes.

Here are some great resources that will help you write cover letters:

Have your cover letter reviewed by a career counselor! Schedule an appointment with a SEC staff member using Handshake.

Curriculum Vitae

View an example Whitman student CV here.  

Also called a CV or vita, in the United States the curriculum vitae is used almost exclusively for academic professions and applying to graduate school.  

"The most noticeable difference between CVs and most resumes is the length. Entry-level resumes are usually limited to a page. CVs, however, often run to three or more pages. (However... you should try to present your information concisely.)... While the goal of a resume is to establish a professional identity, the goal of a CV is to create a scholarly one. Thus your CV will need to reflect your abilities as a teacher, researcher, and publishing scholar within your discipline."

-Source: Purdue OWL (10.28.2010)

For in-person guidance regarding your CV, make an appointment with a SEC staff member via Handshake

Language Skills

Do you have language skills that you want to include on your resume or CV? View the Interagency Language Roundtable webpage to assess your level of proficiency on the scale used by government agencies, including the Peace Corps, the State Department, and many more.