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Resumes & Curricula Vitae (CVs)

  • 6 Tips for Writing an Effective Resume: The American Society of Mechanical Engineers considers what it takes to create a great resume, regardless of your professional aspirations.
  • Writing the Curriculum Vitae: Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab gives an overview of what a CV is, how it differs from a resume, and how to compile relevant information into a readable and neat format.
  • Resume Writing – A Basic Guide: The Job Center of Wisconsin put together a writing guide for individuals with little or no experience writing resumes. They break down the different sections of a resume, provide a checklist to measure a resume, and explore a series of resume templates.

Cover Letters

  • What is a Cover Letter?: Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab has an entire section devoted to letters for employment. They discuss what a cover letter is, what should go into it, and provide samples of different letters, both academic and professional.
  • How to Write a Cover Letter: Susan Adams of Forbes explores the confusing business of writing a concise yet informative cover letter. After weighing several perspectives on the subject, she provides a breakdown of a four-paragraph model and gives examples.

Resume & CV

  • How to Write a Great Resume and Cover Letter: Harvard Extension School created a three minute video that breaks down what goes into a good resume and cover letter. Key points are then pulled from the video and further explained in a short essay.
  • Resume & Letter Writing: Berkeley’s Career Center compiled this brochure that goes through resumes section by section. They then provide examples of a number of distinct resume types.
  • Preparing a Resume and Cover Letter: Rutgers University provides the following resources: a worksheet that covers exactly what should go in each section of a resume, a list of “power verbs” that catch a hiring manager’s attention, and a sample of a great cover letter.

Interviewing

  • How to Interview Effectively: The Connecticut Department of Labor stresses that one of the best ways to prepare for an interview is to practice. They provide a list of questions and tips to help ensure the interviewee is ready.
  • The Perfect Job Interview in 8 Simple Steps: Jeff Haden, on the LinkedIn blog, discusses what it takes to stand out in the interviewing process.
  • How to Prepare for a Job Interview: The Wall Street Journal suggests that candidates should answer “three questions they don’t want to be asked” in order to ease the stress and anxiety common in the days leading up to the interview.