Cover Letters & Resumes

What is a Cover Letter?

A cover letter introduces the qualities outlined in your resume and explains how you will fill organizational needs. Cover letters should:

  • Capture the reader's attention
  • Be authentic
  • Convey that you meet the minimum and/or preferred qualifications
  • Illustrate how you can make an immediate impact
  • Stress your overall value
  • Invite an in-depth reading of your resume

What is a Resume?

A resume is a personal marketing tool used for communicating experiences and qualifications. It is important to have a well-crafted resume that is easy to read, free of errors and actively demonstrates what you have accomplished. Resumes will vary in look and layout depending on the intention and your unique background. 

You may need a resume when applying for a job, an internship, a student group, a scholarship or graduate school.

What is a Curriculum Vitae?

A curriculum vitae, or CV, is typically used when applying for opportunities in academic, scientific, research and medical fields. Many fellowships and grants also require a CV. A CV contains similar information to a resume but provides more detail in relation to your academic background, making it a longer document (at least 2+ pages).