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.

How to Write a Resume

Your resume is a rundown of your professional achievements and helps a hiring manager or recruiter understand why you’re the best candidate for the job. And while your resume summarizes where you went to school, where you worked, and what …

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How to Answer Desired Salary Questions on Job Applications

During the application for just about any job, you’re likely to be asked about your desired salary. Often, you’ll even be asked multiple times. 

This question can stress job seekers. If you give away your desired salary too early, the …

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Résumé Keywords: What They Are and How to Use Them

There’s tons of advice about creating a résumé that gets results. And one of the common topics is résumé keywords. Most advice says using keywords on your résumé is crucial. And it is. The right résumé keywords can and do …

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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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