Resumes and Professional Correspondence


Your resume is a marketing tool and an introduction to you and your experiences. Your resume is a "first impression" that communicates your professional qualifications to employers in order for them to consider interviewing you.

Write your resume in a clear, visually appealing format. Use the Resume Writing Checklist and the sample resumes below as guides to help you write your own resume, and include several resume verbs to describe your accomplishments. Be sure to have your resume critiqued by your Career Advisor for clarity and effectiveness.

Sample Resumes

Cover Letters

A professionally written cover letter which has been tailored to the company and the position will greatly enhance your application and make you stand out amongst other applicants with similar credentials. The purpose of a cover letter is to grab the employer's attention so that they will want to learn more about you as a candidate. A cover letter must demonstrate a passion for the industry in which you are applying as well as articulate why you have an interest in a specific company. It also should answer the question, "Why are you the best for for this position?" In a clear and concise manner, your most relevant knowledge, skills and experiences should be highlighted. These can include the following: internships/co-ops, research expreience, class projects, technical skills and leadership roles.

Sample Cover Letters 
  • Response To Ad - Requesting consideration for a specific, posted employment opportunity 
  • General Inquiry - Writing to inquire about possible employment opportunities

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