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Resumes and Letters

Resumes and CVs

Resumes and CVs are documents that summarize and highlight education, experiences, and activities relevant to career goals. A well-constructed resume documents skills and helps convince an employer about skills and qualifications for the job or internship. A CV documents graduate research and teaching experience as well as publications and presentations. The resume or CV usually is the gateway to an interview.

Cover Letters

Cover letters express the interest and fit for the position applying.  The process of constructing a targeted, thoughtful cover letter may feel time consuming, however the payoff is often well worth it.

Cover letters are usually 3-4 paragraphs in length, and should accomplish the following:

Thank You Letters

An extremely important document that should be sent after every interview is a thank you letter.  This simple step demonstrates professionalism, business etiquette, and genuine interest in the position.

The thank you letter should:


Employers ask for a list of references from candidates at some point in the application process either at the beginning or later.   It is a good idea to start thinking about references, as this can be a stressful task for many students.

The best references come from individuals who have had the opportunity to objectively observe your skills and abilities, such as professors, advisors, and past or current supervisors.  Coworkers, peers, and family members are not recommended for use as references.