Resumes, Cover Letters & CVs

Career Services offers assistance in every aspect of writing, formatting and proofreading resumes, cover letters and curriculum vitae. Please email at for assistance with your resume, cover letter, etc.


Writing & Formatting
  • Overall design should be neat, balanced, consistent, easy to read and logically organized. 
  • Typically, resumes are one page, but can be as long as two.
  • Information categories should be listed in order of importance according based on the position.
  • Specific experience under each category should be listed in reverse chronological order.
  • Details under each specific experience should be listed starting with the most significant or relevant first.
  • Focus on describing accomplishments or skills developed, rather than listing duties. Almost anyone can perform a duty, but not everyone accomplishes something or learns from an experience.
  • Use active verbs to begin details under each specific experience. Use key words from the job description.
  • Employers tend to prefer bulleted, concise, relevant and accurate details under experience. Short lines of text make it easier to pick out details.
  • Avoid the use of personal pronouns.
  • Margins should be consistent all the way around. One inch to approximately .5 inch margins are recommended.
  • Use size 10-12 font with larger headings. Be conservative in font style. We suggest Arial, Times New Roman or Tahoma.
  • Use graphics, bold, italics and underlined text judiciously. Don't let styling distract from content.
  • Proofread multiple times. Career Services can help. Please email for assistance.
  • Use resume paper when printing. If sending electronically, save as a PDF to retain formatting.

Cover Letters

Cover Letters vs. Letter of Qualifications
  • Cover letters are typically one page and briefly elaborate qualifications for the job. It's an opportunity to add context and detail to resume information.
  • A letter of qualification is similar to a cover letter, but addresses each item of qualification in the job description. It is often longer than one page.


What is a CV?
  • CVs are similar to a resume, but more detailed and not limited in length.
  • CVs are commonly used in higher education and focus on academic pursuits. They are also used in applying for research positions in industry and as documentation in grant proposals.
  • Internationally, the terms “resume” and “curriculum vitae” may be used interchangeably. Check with the organization to determine what is needed.
  • Resumes/CVs for positions with organizations outside the U.S often have different requirements. Email us at for more information.

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