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Resumes
Cover Letters
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Resumes

Three Easy Steps to Craft Your Resume

  1. Look at the job description of the position for which you are applying. Highlight areas in the job description for which you have experience, skills, knowledge and abilities.
  2. Use the highlighted language to craft your resume using the template below, using the job description section to help you complete the profile section.
  3. Schedule an appointment to have your resume critiqued by Career Services Center staff.

Helpful Hint 1: Don't repeat job experience if you have held similar positions. Use different wording or split the experience between jobs. It’s okay to repeat key words if they have been used multiple times in the job description, but don’t overdo it!

Helpful Hint 2: If you are changing careers, use a Relevant Work Experience section and Other Work Experience section. In the Other Work Experience section, focus only on transferable skills as they relate to the position for which you are applying. If necessary, you can also fill space by including course names of relevant coursework.

Helpful Hint 3: If you have very little or no work experience, you may use volunteer experience if it’s consistent. You can also utilize your experience from classroom research or projects. Any extracurricular activities such as leadership, sports, or student club positions can be included. You can also provide a summary of summer jobs, such as mowing lawns or babysitting, at the end of the experience section. If you still can't fill in the blanks and you don't have a full page, you now know the skills, abilities, knowledge and experience you need to develop to reach your goal.

US Government Resumes

  • USAJobs.gov – teaches how to create a US government resume, which is very different from a regular resume.
  • US Government Resume Video – explains how to create a US Government resume.

Cover Letters

Thank You Letters