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 resources that to help you get started:

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:

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

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. (Remember, however, that length is not the determinant of a successful CV. You should try to present your information concisely.) A more subtle but equally important distinction is that whereas 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)

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.