Resumes & CVs


Writing a resume may seem difficult at first, but we are here to help. You can find comfort in the fact there is no "right" or "only" way to write or format a resume. What matters is having relevant content that is easy to read. A standout resume can put you ahead of your competition, especially if it is preceded by a stellar cover letter.

After reviewing the Resume Writing Guide and sample resumes, participate in our Online Document Drop below to receive a written critique.  Resumes and cover letters should be reviewed before starting the job search and application process.  Several drafts may be needed before document are ready to use, so start early!


Resume Writing Guide

  • Resume Writing Guide - 2021 (PDF) - This short guide will help you craft your resume within the parameters of acceptable content and style.   
  • Writing a Freshman Resume (MS Word) - This two page guide and example will help first year students transition to writing a college-level resume. It serves as a supplement to the Resume Writing Guide.
  • Writing a Federal Resume (PDF) - This example contains comments about different aspects that are unique to applying to federal positions. 

Sample Resumes

Review each of these samples, regardless of your major, to see which format you like best. There is not any one "correct" format.  Each resume is in Microsoft Word and can be downloaded and saved to your computer or flash drive.  You can then start tailoring the resume by adding your information.

Online Document Drop

Career Center staff members are available to provide feedback on resumes and cover letters through the Document Drop Program.

Student Eligibility:

  1. Undergraduate students must be enrolled in a major served by the University Career Center. 
  2. Graduate students (Masters and Ph.D.) should make an appointment with their Career Coach for a review.
  3. Business, Engineering, and Law students should contact their career center.


  1. You must review the Resume Guide, sample resumes, and resume videos before submitting documents for review in Document Drop.
  2. Submit your document using Microsoft Word only because feedback is provided using the 'track changes' feature. No PDFs.
  3. Your document must be a good draft copy based upon the resources listed on this page. The staff does not write resumes or cover letters for students.  
  4. Complete the online form below. 


  • We strive to return the critique within 2 business days, Monday through Friday.  
  • Peak seasons (especially before career fairs) may take a little longer.  Please thoroughly complete the submission form.


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Curriculum Vita (CV)

The curriculum vita (CV) is the standard document one uses when applying for jobs in academia. The CV is more detailed than a traditional resume and summarizes your qualifications and experience. In addition, the CV highlights teaching, research, and service to the university and community.

In a CV, it is important to highlight formal classroom and informal teaching experiences. Research sections are emphasized for institutions more focused on research. You may also want to highlight success in acquiring grants, and scholarly awards for individual and group research.

CV Guide (PDF)

CV for Undergraduate Students (MS Word)


When applying for a position, employers often ask applicants to provide a list of references. A reference page is separate from your resume and is not the same as a letter of recommendation.  Our Reference Guide (PDF) contains additional information on cultivating your references.  

CandidCareer.Com Resume Writing Video Clips

How to Fill Out Common Resume Sections 

Resume Writing Channel - check out all the resume writing video clips.

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