Résumé and Cover Letters

What is a 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. It is important to use appropriate phrasing in your résumé, emphasizing the keywords stated in the job description in relation to the skills and accomplishments you have decided to highlight. Ultimately, your résumé is a guide and marketing tool about you and your abilities.

Résumé Resources

Résumé Critiques

Undergraduate Résumé Critiques
Twenty minute résumé critiques are provided daily during the academic year. Hours are held Monday through Friday, 10 am to 5 pm in the Wilbur Cross Building, room 202. Students may schedule up an appointment for a résumé critique online. During semester breaks, call 860-486-3013 for hours and information.

Graduate Résumé/CV Critiques
Call 860-486-3013 for an appointment.

Alumni Résumé Critiques
Call 860-486-3013 for information.

What is a Cover Letter?

A cover letter is a standard business letter that serves as an introduction to your résumé and as a tool to market you 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. These reasons might include your educational training, work experience, and personal qualities and attributes. Since your educational training and work experience are already listed on your résumé, it is your responsibility to elaborate on these experiences and state the contribution you would make to the employer. Be sure to mention something about the company/organization as it makes the letter a unique communication, written for that organization alone, and creates a better impression.

If you are contacting an employer via email, the text of your email becomes the cover letter. Some employers require online job applications, and you may be asked to upload a cover letter during your application process. Here’s a tip! When applying on a company/organization website, you may be asked to submit a résumé, and not specifically asked to submit a cover letter. However, if the employer presents an opportunity to “provide any additional information”, take advantage of this and submit a cover letter or other information that bolsters your candidacy.

Cover Letter Resources