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.
Follow these guidelines to format your resume using industry best practices.
Formatting your resume
Take a look at these examples of professionally written and formatted resumes.
See our sample 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
Tips for writing and formatting your cover letter and a good sample of professionally written and formatted cover letter.
Our cover letter guide
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
Resume templates to help you create a clean, reader-friendly resume.
Go to Optimal Resume