Resume and Cover Letter 101

What is a Resume?

A resume is a one-to-two page document that summarizes your relevant experience for a professional application, including jobs, internships, graduate programs, scholarships, and more. Your resume is often the first impression an employer will have of your skills, experiences, and interests.

Putting together an effective resume isn't just about writing and formatting. It's about collecting the right experiences while you're in college, and then highlighting those experiences in a way that touches on the interests of the person reading your application.

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What is a Cover Letter?

A cover letter is a a persuasive document you include with an application that demonstrates how your experience connects to the opportunity. A cover letter is typically one page, which means strategically identifying the few details you want to highlight about your experience and providing specific examples as to why that experience is relevant. Typically, a cover letter has three sections: 

  • Introduction Paragraph: A few sentences that introduce yourself, your experience, and why you are interested in this job specifically.
  • One to Two Middle Paragraphs: These paragraphs detail a few of the most relevant experiences you have that connect to the position you are applying for. Take the time to provide specifics that you may not have had room to explain in your resume.
  • Conclusion: Reiterate your interest in the opportunity and wrap up the letter.

An effective cover letter is an opportunity to help you stand out. 

Cover Letter Samples

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