Resume & Cover Letter


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.

Here are some great resources that will help get your resume started:

  • Action Words (PDF) - The most popular document! A list of $10 verbs words categorized by skill
  • The Reference Page (PDF) - Need to provide a list of references? This PDF gives a brief guide on creating a Reference Page
  • SEC Resource Library (Books!) - We have a great library of resources for job search and resume development. Come on IN!

Cover Letters

A cover letter often serves multiple purposes. The primary is 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 serves as a sample of your writing skills, which are essential to most employers today. Make sure that your cover letter is grammatically sound and free of any spelling mistakes!

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

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Curriculum Vitae

What is a Curriculum Vitae?

Also called a CV or vita, the curriculum vitae is, as its name suggests, an overview of your life's accomplishments, most specifically those that are relevant to the academic realm. In the United States, the curriculum vitae is used almost exclusively when one is pursuing an academic job. The curriculum vitae is a living document, which will reflect the developments in a scholar/teacher's career, and thus should be updated frequently.

How is a CV different from a resume?

The most noticeable difference between most 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. (Remember, however, that length is not the determinant of a successful CV. You should try to present all the relevant information that you possibly can, but you should also try to present it in as concise a manner as possible.) A more subtle but equally important distinction is that whereas the goal of a resume is to construct a professional identity, the goal of a CV is quite specifically to construct a scholarly identity. Thus, your CV will need to reflect very specifically your abilities as a teacher, researcher, and publishing scholar within your discipline.

-Source: Purdue OWL (10.28.2010)

Do you have language skills that you want to include on your resume? 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.

Have your resume reviewed by a career counselor! Call 527-5183 to schedule an appointment.