Resumes & Letters

Develop a Killer Resume

Your resume is an integral part of your job search, helping you gain invitations to interviews. It must convey who you are, highlight your qualifications and minimize your limitations to prospective employers.  A quality resume is accurate, descriptive, brief, easy-to-read, and graphically engaging.

Download the Resume Writing CDC Tipsheet to learn powerful ways to make your resume stand out from the crowd.

Highlight Your Strengths in a Cover Letter

A cover letter is an introduction, a sales pitch and a proposal for further action all in one. It gives a potential employer a taste of what’s to come by highlighting aspects of your background that are most relevant to the job. A cover letter also demonstrates that you can organize your thoughts and express yourself clearly and appropriately, reflecting your communication skills and, to some extent, your personality.  

Download the Cover Letter Writing CDC Tipsheet to learn the five things to think about before writing, the 10 rules of cover letter writing and more. The handout also includes cover letter samples and tips for writing inquiry, thank you, follow up and acknoweldgement letters.

Get Personalized Assistance

Get expert advice on your resume and cover letter by making an appointment with a CDC staff member. You can also drop in during walk-in hours on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Fridays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for seniors and graduate students, and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for first year. Be sure to bring paper copies of your resume and cover letter. Schedule an Appointment.

Set Yourself Apart, Send a Thank You Note

Sending a thank you note after an interview can set you apart from other candidates and may have tremendous value in moving your candidacy forward and positioning you above the competition. Download the Thank You Note CDC Tipsheet.

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Interviewing & Job Offers

You nailed the resume and cover letter and got called for an interview. Now what? Visit Interviewing and Job Offers.

“Thanks to the CDC, my polished resume landed me a great internship last summer, and I've got an offer from the same employer to return this coming summer and as a full-time employee after graduation.”

Skyler Whorton ‘11
Computer Science