Résumés and Cover Letters
The critical tools for any effective job search are the cover letter and the résumé. Here you will find tools to help you in the creation of your own résumé and cover letters.
Résumé Writing Guide
Step One: Brainstorm for content
- Volunteer Experience
- Activities & Honors
- Career-Related Skills
Step Two: Choose your format
- Functional: Highlights transferrable skills that will be beneficial when changing career fields. This type is also ideal for someone returning to the workforce after an extended absence. See sample résumés 1 and 2.
- Chronological: Geared for professionals with work experience in their field of interest and typically presented in reverse order (current job first). See sample résumés 3 and 4.
Step Three: Write your first draft
- Use the résumé samples as guides
- Pull words from the Action Verb list and the Self-Describing Adjectives
- Don’t limit yourself to following an exact format. You can pull elements from both types to suit your needs.
Résumé Sample 1:
Résumé Sample 2:
Résumé Sample 3:
Résumé Sample 4:
Cover Letter Resources
For a step-by-step guide to create your cover letter, see the Cover Letter Writing Guide.
Sample Cover Letters
Cover Letter 1:
Cover Letter 2: