Create a Résumé / Cover Letter

Here you’ll find guidelines for creating a solid résumé and a tailored cover letter. For industry-specific advice, be sure to check out the Career Communities. When you’ve got a draft of your résumé or cover letter completed, bring it to CLS drop-in hours Monday–Friday, 2–4:30pm.

Turning Volunteer Experience into Work Experience

Portrait of kitchen staff in homeless shelter. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Many young people finish college successfully only to find that their resume doesn’t have everything they need to land a job in their field. Although the job market is …

By William Frierson - College Recruiter
College Recruiter
College Recruiter believes that every student and recent grad deserves a great career.
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Listing Courses and Certificates on Your Résumé

Listing work experience is not the only way to create a résumé that speaks to your strengths and abilities! Sometimes, the academic courses you have taken build skills that you are able to use in a professional setting.

For instance, …

By Sasha Grigorovich
Sasha Grigorovich
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Tips for Creating an ATS-Proof Résumé

Large companies making hundreds of hires a year may employ Applicant Tracking System (ATS) software to eliminate as many as 70 percent of applicants[i] before their résumés reach the hiring manager. ATS software automatically scans for requirements, searching for …

By Robin Bourjaily
Robin Bourjaily
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Writing a Resume

Stacey Gordon
View Stacey’s LinkedIn Newsletter Finding a great job starts with writing a great resume, one that speaks to your personal…

Designing a Resume for Creatives

Ina Saltz
Whether you’re a recent college grad or a seasoned professional, your resume is the most important career document in your…

Resume Makeover

Jenny Foss
If you’re looking for your dream job, you have to be prepared to act quickly. That means having an incredible,…

Writing a Cover Letter

Jenny Foss
Cover letters matter. When done right, they spell out clearly who you are, what you have to offer, and—most importantly—why…

Cover Letter Tips

Jenny Foss
Cover letters offer job seekers an opportunity to explain how their education, skills, and experiences line up directly with the…

How to Highlight Your Job Skills

Chris Taylor
There are many skills that people possess in order to do their jobs successfully and competently. You have skills you…

Find Your Dream Job: Interview Techniques and Resume Writing

Chris Croft
View Chris’s LinkedIn Newsletter Find your dream job. This course is for people who want to be excited to go…

Optimize Your Resume for Applicant Tracking Systems

Jenny Foss
Job seekers typically understand that there’s some sort of digital barrier standing between them and the jobs they see advertised…

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