Resumes, Cover Letters, & Writing Samples

Resources for writing professional resumes, cover letters, CVs and other job application materials. The recommendations you’ll find in this section are not rules written in stone. What matters most is that you present your experiences in a manner that is professional and easy to read.

Resume Formatting

Follow these guidelines to format your resume using industry best practices.

Formatting your resume

Sample Resumes

Take a look at these examples of professionally written and formatted resumes.

See our sample resumes

Federal Resumes

Federal resumes can look very different from resumes in other sectors. Learn how to format your federal resume to make it stand out.

Our federal resumes guide

Cover Letters

Tips for writing and formatting your cover letter and a good sample of professionally written and formatted cover letter.

Our cover letter guide

Academic CVs

How to create a curriculum vitae for academia and research positions.

Our CV guide

Writing Samples & References

When you have other application materials beyond a resume or cover letter.

Writing samples & references guide

Optimal Resume

Resume templates to help you create a clean, reader-friendly resume.

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