Resumes and Cover Letters


Resume Guide             Cover Letter Guide


Your resume is a living document. This means that it should be continuously updated as you gain experience and develop new skills. We highly suggest you visit the Career Center for a resume review at least once a year.

Cover Letters

Resumes are often accompanied by a cover letter. A cover letter is designed to express your interest in a specific position, showcase your written communication skills and provide insight into why you are uniquely suited for the job.

Curriculum Vita

Latin for “Course of Life.” The vita is basically an academic resume used primarily in research and health care settings. You may be asked to submit one if applying to gradate or professional school. It is a “living” document that gets updated routinely with each new accomplishment, not just when changing jobs. Because of this, it tends to be much longer than a traditional resume, especially for established professionals (yours will probably be two pages). Please see the Resume Guide for an example.

Resume & Cover Letter Review

You can have your documents reviewed in person by scheduling an appointment or dropping in during walk in hours. Use the SMCM resume and cover letter guides to get started.

  • We encourage you to have at least a rough draft before scheduling an appointment for a resume or cover letter review.

  • Create documents in an editable format, such as microsoft word (.doc or .docx)

  • Do not use pre-designed templates or text boxes

If you are abroad or off campus this semester you may e-mail us at Please use the following guidelines:

  • Always name your document in a way that it is easily identifiable. Ex: JaneDoeResume.docx

  • Send your documents in an editable version (preferably a word document)

  • In the body of the email please let us know what you plan to do with the resume/cover letter (for example: apply to grad school, a specific job, annual updates etc.) be as specific as possible.

Federal Resumes

Federal resumes are very different from what is used to apply to others jobs. If you are interested in creating a federal resume, it is highly recommended you make an appointment with the Career Center. We can have additional resources available and can assist you with this process.  In the meantime, visit the website too search listings and learn more about the application process.

Writing Samples

Whether you are applying for a job, internship, or to graduate schools, you may be asked to provide a writing sample. Writing samples allow an employer or graduate program to judge your ability to convey a written message and should be taken seriously. Click here for our writing sample guide!