Resumes & Cover Letters

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.

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Resume Formatting

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

Resume Writing Checklist

These tips ensure that your resume is professional and does justice to your qualifications.

Sample Resumes

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

Federal Resumes

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

Cover Letters

A good cover letter must complement a resume, not repeat it, and must demonstrate your interest in the position and the employer to which you are applying. In this section, you will find tips for writing and formatting your cover letter and a professionally written and formatted sample cover letter.

References & Writing Samples

Some employers and graduate schools require application materials in addition to a resume. These supplemental materials might include writing samples, letters of recommendation, or academic transcripts. Learn more about these supplemental materials.