Resumes, CVs, and Cover Letters
A resume is a one-two page document which allows you to introduce yourself and your accomplishments to potential employers and graduate school recruiters, scholarship committees, and other individuals you will meet as you make career and academic plans. It is one of the most important tools you have in your job search and is worth investing significant time and care in developing.
A curriculum vitae (CV) is a document that is similar to, but not identical to, a resume. It is similar because it is a tool that you use to communicate your relevant accomplishments to an audience. It is different in its audience, content, and structure. A CV is a long-form description of your academic research and other relevant academic experience, intended for a primarily academic audience.
A cover letter is a one page document that allows you to express interest in a specific opportunity by showcasing your relevant experience and expertise. The cover letter takes the form of a professional letter, in both formatting and writing style. Cover letters should be descriptive and targeted to the specific opportunity; it is your best chance to demonstrate your qualifications.
We encourage you to bring a draft of any of these documents to the Liberal Arts in Practice Center for feedback, but also share it with your advisor, peers, and others connected to your field of interest. Soliciting feedback from a variety of sources will only make your documents stronger.