Résumé and Cover Letter Writing

Résumé Writing 

There is not an absolute right way or wrong way to write a résumé; however, there are ways that look more aesthetically pleasing than others. We work with employers on a daily basis to ensure that we are giving you the best advice when it comes to writing a résumé.

Please remember that templates are not your friend. A lot of online employment systems are unable to read templates due to the use of text boxes. Use a blank document, such as Word, to create your résumé.

How to Write a Résumé

Sample Résumés

The sample résumés listed below are to be used as a guide when creating your résumé. If we do not have a specific sample for your major, you may use any of the samples listed below.  

Part-Time Sample Resume 1
Part-Time Sample Resume 2
Leadership Resume
Cover Letter
Business Major
Biology Major #1
Biology Major #2
Communications Major
Computer Information Systems Major
Computer Science Major
Education Major
Engineering Technology
Film and Digital Media Major #1
Film and Digital Media Major #2
Geography Major
Health, Physical Education, and Recreation
Human Environmental Science
Industrial Hygiene Major
Master of Business Administration
Military Experience Seeking Military Position
Nursing Major
Social Work Major
Theatrical Directing Résumé

Cover Letter

The cover letter is your opportunity to present yourself as you wish to be seen. Use it to highlight your skills and qualifications and to explain why those experiences would make you a good fit for the job. Employers know if you are using the same generic cover letter for every position, and they do not view it favorably. Be sure to customize each cover letter for each job.

Each cover letter should include a salutation--never use "To Whom It May Concern." If a person's name is not stated in the job posting or if you are unable to find a name online, you may use, "Dear Hiring Manager." The first section should state the name of the position for which you are applying as well as how you heard about the position. 

Section two is the meat of the cover letter. This section is where you detail out your experiences and qualifications using specific examples of why you are a good candidate for the job. 

The last section is reserved for thanking the reader for their consideration and indicated a desire for a personal interview. 

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