Resumes & Cover Letters
No matter the job or internship, you'll be asked to submit a resume when applying. A resume often acts as your first impression to employers, and providing an updated and relevant document is vital to your success.
- The goal of your resume and cover letter is to get you an interview.
- Market yourself concisely; this is not a personal history. Limit your resume to one page if you have less than three years of work experience, two pages if you have three or more years of work experience.
- Target your documents to the specific job to which you’re applying; be sure to read the job description and qualifications carefully.
- Proofread! Attention to detail, capitalization and punctuation are critical.
- Writing a concise yet powerful document is not easy — expect multiple iterations.
In addition to a resume, most open positions will require you to write a cover letter. The letter offers a chance to expound on your resume, allowing you to detail why your specific skills and experience make you the best candidate for the job.
The UW Career Guide (pages 23-26) offers a great overview of the expected format and key steps to writing your application materials so they stand out from the rest of the stack. You may also find the specific examples on pages 34-47 to be particularly helpful.
- Resume template
- Sample resumes by program
- Cover Letter template
- How to Target Your Application Materials (UW Career Center)
- Action verbs: Resume Genius, Indeed
- Application Tracking System (ATS) Scanner
- How to make a resume shine (infographic)
- How to write a cover letter
- Canva Resume Maker Tool: Easily craft a design-friendly resume. Canva offers a variety of resume templates, but please note that the iSchool career team suggests students should not use photos or skill-ranking graphics on their resumes.
- For feedback on your resume/cover letter or additional questions, please email iCareers@uw.edu or set-up an appointment with one of our Career Services advisors.
Check out our recordings of some past Career Services events related to resumes and cover letters such as Writing Killer Resumes, Writing Killer Cover Letters, Getting On-campus Jobs Mini Workshop, and Resume Tips for iSchool Students.
Note: While the resources on this page are good starting points, always ensure that the tips you follow apply to your specific situation. Content and format requirements can vary between continents and countries, so be sure to research the specific organization and location to glean what would be the best approach.