Write Resumes & Cover Letters

Learn how to write a resume and a cover letter

Resumes and cover letters are your main tools for marketing yourself to potential employers for internships, jobs, and volunteer opportunities. So, it’s important to take time to ensure that your materials are error-free, and represent your professional self.

When applying, you may also need other materials, such as a portfolio or a list of references.

What is a resume?

A resume is a marketing document that outlines your previous experiences in a way that shows that you are the best candidate for the position you are applying for. It’s meant to be between one and two pages, and should be tailored to each position you apply to.

A resume is different from a curriculum vitae (CV), which is traditionally used by those in academia and research. Both are also different from a federal resume, which is required for applying to jobs with the U.S. government.

What is a cover letter?

A cover letter is a letter written to a prospective employer, with the purpose of explaining who you are, and how your experiences make you a qualified candidate for a specific position.

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