Résumé & Cover Letter Examples
Provided are some examples designed by our career counselors. Whether you are simply updating your experience or applying for positions of interest, we hope you find these samples to be helpful in designing and writing your document. Our goal is to provide a general array of samples, so please note that these are not representative of all majors and/or career fields. However, the samples provided should illustrate both relevant information and formatting typically found in résumés and cover letters within general career fields. Please feel free to browse all of the samples and generate your own preferences for headings, formatting, design, etc. Remember, the goal of your document is to best highlight your experiences and skill sets based on a job description. There is more than one way to write a resume/cover letter and the information included is unique to you! We invite you to Career Express walk-in service for additional assistance.
Learning how to write a résumé is the process of learning a new form of art. Résumés are subjective documents that come with guidelines, not hard and fast rules, and preferences depending on your chosen field of study and the recruiter that will be reviewing the document.
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Résumés for a Full-Time Job Search
Résumés for a Part-Time, Internship, Co-op, or Involvement Search
The most basic goal of a cover letter is to demonstrate your written communication ability to an employer and provide an introduction to yourself. In your cover letter, rather than repeat what you wrote in your résumé, focus on providing narrative example of one to two qualifications you really want to draw an employer's attention towards.
Cover Letters for a Full-Time Job Search
Cover Letters for a Part-Time Job Search
Your resume serves as the first impression you make in your job search. You may submit your resume, cover letter, and Curriculum Vitaes (CVs) for free critiquing by our professional staff. We look for ways to improve spelling, grammar, formatting, and phraseology. Our staff will also compare your resume to the job description of the position you are applying for, and offer you tips on how to best customize it for that specific position.
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Regardless of your field, a physical or online portfolio can show off your talent and highlight your key accomplishments. Employers are looking for experience and a portfolio can demonstrate your skill in a practical way.
A portfolio can include:
- Business Plans
- Marketing Strategies
- Press Releases
- Successful Projects
- Impressive Speeches
- Notable Facts and Figures
Why you should have one:
- Showing a future employer what you are capable of is better than just telling them
- Updating your work is simple and can always include your newest projects
- Designing job-specific portfolios can be creative and directed toward individual employers, making you stand out to a company
Tips for A Great Portfolio
Set yourself apart and make your own portfolio.
- Have a professional case to hold your portfolio
- Put loose papers in paper protectors
- Use professional quality paper (preferably bright glossy white or professional resume paper)
- Keep it organized; avoid clutter
- Keep it short, no more than 25 pages
- Use dividers to seperate sections (you can be extremely creative here)
- Pick your BEST work for your samples whether its writing samples, ads, graphic arts, photographs, school projects, group presentations, etc.
- Include your resume
- Incorporate recommendation letters and references
- Include any awards and honors given
- Include transcripts and degrees or licenses and certificates (when appropriate)
- Include any military records, awards, or badges (if applicable)
- NEVER leave your portfolio. No matter if your interviewer wants to show it to someone else, share a copy or the website to your electronic portfolio
“In the high pace of what we do in school and in business, there’s very little chance that someone is going to achieve mastery on the job if they didn’t get there before coming to your workplace. So you’ve got to have it in the can; not just ‘I want to’ or ‘I wish I’ or ‘maybe I could’, but ‘I’ve done that’. It’s one of the great things about the proof of a portfolio versus the promise of a resume.” – Randy Nelson of Pixar