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Résumés, Cover Letters and More

Résumés

Employers typically spend 7-15 seconds pre-screening a résumé to find the right candidate.

Make yours stand out.

  • Summarize and promote your greatest qualifications and accomplishments.
  • Reflect your most relevant personal, educational and work experiences.
  • Review our Résumé Writing presentation.
  • Watch one to two minute Résumé Writing videos

Once your résumé is written, email the Word document to us at careercenter@stcloudstate.edu. We will reply within 24 business hours. You can also schedule a Zoom appointment.

Experiences to Include on a Résumé

Creating an Effective Résumé

Match Your Skills to the Ones Employers Want

Include International Experience

Résumé Samples

Submit Résumés and Applications Online

Working Abroad Resources

Professional Summaries

Cover Letters

Cover letters connect your experiences on your résumé to potential future positions. They highlight your strengths, accomplishments and can be tailored to the needs of the potential employer.

Get started by watching these short Cover Letter videos.

Once your letter is written, email the Word document to us at careercenter@stcloudstate.edu. We will reply within 24 business hours. You can also schedule a Zoom appointment.

Format Guidelines

Cover Letter Samples

Curriculum Vitae

A curriculum vitae, meaning "course of one's life," gives much more detail than a résumé about academic and professional accomplishments.

Curriculum vitae are most often used for academic or research positions, whereas résumés are the preferred documents in business and industry.

A CV focuses more on responsibilities such as writing, researching, and teaching, than administrative duties and skills.

It should present your competencies and experiences related to the needs defined by the prospective employing organization.

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Letters of Correspondence

Thank You Letters

Acceptance, Referral and Job Offer Rejection Letters

Portfolios and Credentials

A portfolio that reflects your major work and accomplishments is excellent preparation for supporting your answers to employer's questions.

Creating it forces you to think about which accomplishments will be important to the interviewer.

Simply preparing a portfolio gives you a better idea of how well you qualify for the position.

Traditional Portfolios

Electronic Portfolios

References

A reference letter is provided for an employee by people who are familiar with their work or character and who have positive remarks to make.

Depending on the employees' request, the letter can be employment-related, personal, or it can demonstrate the character of the individual.

Who Should You Ask?

Asking Permission

Providing References to a Prospective Employer

What References Should Say

Legal Issues

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