Resume and Cover Letter
Resumes and cover letters are only part of the professional correspondence you will use when applying to jobs, internships, graduate programs or other professional opportunities.
The level of excellence reflected in your correspondence with employers or other decision makers will determine your success in advancing your career or educational goals. We can help you write and review all written documents and communication. Use our Quick Question/Resume Reviews to meet with a career counselor or our 24-hour drop-off critique service..
- Resume : A marketing tool summarizing your education, skills, experience and achievements. Get started with our Resume and Cover Letter handout.
You can also download the Resume and Cover Letter handout for details on and assistance with the following types of letters:
- Cover letter : Accompanying your resume, this document offers the opportunity to expand on the achievements you note in your resume in order to convey that you are the best candidate.
- Thank-you letter : You can send email, a typed letter or a hand-written note to employers or other professionals you met while interviewing or gathering information related to your career.
- Letter accepting or declining an offer: These detail for an employer your understanding of an offer you are accepting or your reasons for declining an offer.
- Graduate school documents: Resources on how to write personal statements and complete complex graduate school applications are available here.
Consider these tips:
- Email : Use a professional email address. Always include a relevant subject heading. Promptly respond, and proof all emails before sending. A professional signature with your contact information is also helpful.
- Linkedin: Your Linkedin profile is your professional presence online. Follow these tips to build your very best profile and personal brand.
- Security considerations: When posting information, it is best to use email as your preferred contact information. Omit your personal address and phone number. You can share this information with trusted contacts as needed.
Communication by phone
Consider these tips:
- Voice mail : Create a concise and professional message consistent across all phone lines. When leaving messages, prepare what you want to say. Speak slowly and clearly. Include your name, the date, time and purpose of your call. State your phone number or other contact information slowly.
- Cell phone: If you are providing employers or other professionals with a cell phone number, answer calls only when you feel you are prepared to have a private conversation, you have a strong and clear connection and your cell phone is fully charged. Using speaker phone is not recommended and may annoy your contact. When returning a call, be sure to ask “Is this a good time to talk?” and provide an alternative time if necessary.