Prepare for your career

You’re educated, you’ve practiced your interviews and developed your resume—now you just have to land a job.  Here, you can find resources that will help you craft the perfect resume and cover letter and create the best first impression of you.

Resume vs. curriculum vita

What’s the difference? 

Resumes:

  • for industry jobs are usually 1 page long; the more succinct, the better
  • include your name, contact information, education, skills, and experience
  • are tailored to each position; look at the job requirements and tie them into your experiences and skills on your resume

Curriculum vita:

  • are usually for education, scientific, or research positions
  • are more detailed about your experience and longer than a resume
  • include your name, contact information, education, skills, and experience
  • include additional information like academic background, teaching and research experience, publications, presentations, awards, honors, affiliations, and other details
  • like resumes, are tailored to each position; look at the job requirements and tie them into your experiences and skills on your resume
Federal resumes:
  • are speicific for applying to any position with a federal agency
  • can be 10-20 pages long!
  • go to usajobs.gov to create a profile and apply

Resume templates

Use these templates as a good start to your own resume—make it an extension of you.

Curriculum vita template

For research, education, and scientific careers, use this template.

Cover letter

Usually, employers ask for a cover letter to accompany your resume.  This is a great time to show your communication and writing skills, especially if you don’t have much experience.  Show your audience who you are and why you should be chosen.

A cover letter should always be:

  • personalized—know your audience and who is reading it
  • 100 percent free of spelling, punctuation, and grammatical mistakes
  • succinct, well-written, and professional
  • accurate and factually correct
  • a demonstration that you understand the responsibilities and scope of job

Cover letter template via Gateway Student Success Center

More resources

Online career videos

Watch online videos on:

  • how to write resumes, cover letters, or thank you notes
  • interviewing techniques and tips
  • finding internships and employment
  • career center benefits
  • career fair success
  • advice from recent graduates
  • much more

Resources available through Cline Library

Cline Library Job Resources