Write a Resume, CV, or Cover Letter

Résumé
For current students and recent graduates, the résumé is typically a one-page document that highlights educational background, experiences, accomplishments, skills, and interests. This length could vary depending on the industry and depth of your experiences, so knowing expectations within your field is critical for résumé success. Ultimately, your résumé is a guide and marketing tool about you and your abilities.

Cover Letter
A cover letter is a formal business letter that serves as an introduction to your résumé and as a tool to market yourself to employers. A cover letter may accompany résumés you submit to employers during the job search process but is not necessary to distribute at career fairs or other networking events. A good cover letter will describe the reasons why the employer should consider inviting you for an interview.

Documents for Graduate Students
Your professional materials are the supporting documents for anything to which you apply. Perhaps you are applying for a job or internship, another graduate program, a fellowship, research funding, etc. Your professional materials can include: Résumé and/or CV, Cover Letter, Writing Sample, Personal Statement, Research Statement, Diversity Statement, Teaching Statement, or Sample Syllabus. See all resources for Grad Students below.

Take our interactive units on building Résumés and Cover Letters to learn how to develop materials that markets your abilities and enthusiasm for specific opportunities. 

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Graduate Student Résumé & Cover Letter Guide

A U.S.-style résumé is typically a document that presents critical and relevant information to the reader or external audience. For …

Writing Your Curriculum Vitae (CV)

If you are seeking a faculty job or an industry research position, you will most often be required to submit …

Academic Job Application Resources

The information provided is designed to complement the advice, resources, and guidance that you receive from your department. Your department …

Résumé & Cover Letter Guide

A résumé is a document that is used as a personal marketing tool to convey your relevant skills and experiences …

Résumé Sample Binder

The résumé sample binder contains sample résumés organized by content area and career interests. This resource also includes an undergraduate …

Résumé Templates

These pre-formatted résumé templates can be found in our Résumé Sample Binder. Use the links below to download the template …

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Additional Resources for Grad Students

Graduate Student Résumé & Cover Letter Guide

A U.S.-style résumé is typically a document that presents critical and relevant information to the reader or external audience. For …

Writing Your Curriculum Vitae (CV)

If you are seeking a faculty job or an industry research position, you will most often be required to submit …

Academic Job Application Resources

The information provided is designed to complement the advice, resources, and guidance that you receive from your department. Your department …

This is an example of converting a graduate student CV into a résumé.

CV to Résumé Conversion – On-Demand Webinar

Within the U.S. expectations for CVs and résumés can differ, which means if you have an academic CV you might …

Applicant Tracking Systems: Tips You Need – On-Demand Webinar

An Applicant Tracking System (ATS) allows employers to collect, sort, scan, and rank job applications. Nearly every employer uses an …