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Résumés and Cover Letters


Students at a computerA résumé is a brief summary of your qualifications, education and experiences relevant to the internship or job search objective. The purpose of a résumé is to obtain an interview. Employers will spend 30 seconds or less reviewing your résumé; therefore, the information must be conveyed in a clear, well-organized style.

Writing a perfect résumé is an art and can take time. A résumé is a working document and will need to be revised frequently. There are many different formats a résumé can take, namely a chronological résumé or a functional résumé. View sample résumés on About.com.

If you need help with writing your résumé or need your résumé critiqued, you can make an appointment with the Career Center at 301-447-5202.

► Our Résumé Guide (.pdf) will help you get started;
► Or you can view our Résumé Booklet for more in depth help.

The primary purpose of a cover letter is to give you the opportunity to portray your personality and writing style, as well as explain why you are a good fit for the position or organization. Please view our Cover Letter Guide for suggestions on how to write a meaningful cover letter.

 
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